Coming from a poor upbringing in Uruguay, a small country in South America, I relate to poverty and hunger. I was homeless a couple of years ago, and I understand the desperation of being a woman without a roof over your head. This is why I paint images of homeless women in an impressionist abstract manner. I call my process spontaneous realism. My work is about using simple texture, line, color, shape, space, and form to create emotions. These works are a reminder that in a country as large and the United States, many homeless women are treated like street furniture, ignored, and unnoticed.
I created Four-masted Barquentine, thinking of the ocean's smell and the sound of the wind during great sailing adventures. I wanted my sailing friends to remember their sailing adventures in their schooners out at sea. My inspiration was the old schooner barque ( called Barquentine or schooner bark) and the ancient marine masters such as Fitz Hugh Lane. These sailing vessels have three or more masts with a square-rigged foremast and a fore-and-aft rigged main, mizzen, and any other masts. The materials I used included Dick Blick Premier Cotton Canvas and Winsor /Newton, Utretch, and Senelier handmade oil colors. I only ship artwork; delivery provides packaging materials and a Masonite-like board to protect the work. Four-masted Barquentine is part of my old body of work. It is for sale in support of the Feed Me Project, which raises funds for homeless women and homeless shelters.
Description: PROPERTY OF ARTIST ROSSANA KELTON
Rossana Kelton ‘Rossi’ (B. 1960)
Signed, and dated, titled Four-masted Barquentine, January, Atlanta, 2013 (on the reverse)
Materials: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 11 x 14 in. (28 x 36 cm)
Date: Painted in 2013
Collection of Artist, Rossana ‘Rossi’ Kelton, 2020
The condition of this painting excellent. Paintings are sold in the condition that they are at the time of sale.