Marye Roeser begins one-person show this weekend
Coleville artist Marye Roeser begins a one-person show featuring her paintings titled, “The Eastern Sierra Nevada in Watercolor,” at the Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, Calif., on Friday.
With her background as a fine artist, rancher and co-owner with her husband Lou Roeser of a pack station for many years, Roeser brings her experiences of Western life to her art.
She chose to work in watercolor because of its quick drying time and easy portability. As an elementary school teacher for 20 years and the mother of a son and three daughters, she often worked at night on the kitchen table after her tasks were finished.
Roeser said living and working in the Eastern Sierra for most of her adult life has given her an intimate vision of packing and livestock ranching traditions. Her paintings ring with authenticity because friends, family, associates and livestock provide the models.
She paints transparent glazes to give her landscapes the glowing colors of high desert and alpine mountain vistas.
“Sometimes, I apply many pale washes, one on top of another, to obtain the glowing color I visualize,” she said.
“As I paint, I try to capture the iridescent shine on a horse’s coat, the long inquisitive ears of mules as they balance a heavy load, the sun gleaming on a cowboy hat or a quiet reflection of a mountain lake. I paint familiar subjects that I have experienced, and I hope viewers are able to feel the magic of this part of the West, to understand the soul of the people and the unique culture that is alive and well here.”
A reception and program will be held at the museum 7 to 9 p.m. Roeser will talk about her paintings and meet the public. The show will continue through March 7.
To obtain more information about Roeser and her work and shows coming up in 2001, check her Web site at sierrawesternart.com.