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 Great Blue Heron after my many trips to the Florida Gulf Coast and Pensacola Beach. I noticed early in the morning, the Blue Herons fishing on the shore. I wanted to capture the beauty of this great bird. The Great Blue Heron is not an endangered species, but it is elegant and aristocratic. As the viewer sees the Blue Heron fish on the beach's shore, he or she thinks of the majesty of nature and the natural ecological balance. The Great Blue Heron is found in the wetlands of North and Central America. He is also found in the Chattahoochee National Wildlife Sanctuary in Roswell, Georgia. Great Blue Heron was created for the Chattahoochee Nature Center Shop with materials that included golden acrylic paints and delicate archival quality Arches Aquarelle Watercolor cotton paper made the traditional way with a harmonious natural grain. Great Blue Heron is part of my initial body of work. It is currently 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, dated, and titled Great Blue Heron, January, Atlanta, 2015 (on the reverse)
Materials: Acrylic painting on Arches Aquarelle Watercolor cotton paper
Dimensions: 18 x 24 in. (46 x 61 cm)
Date: Painted in 2015
Collection of Artist, Rossana ‘Rossi’ Kelton, 2020
The condition of this painting can vary widely and the nature of the paint sold means that they are unlikely to be in perfect condition. Paintings are sold in the condition that they are at the time of sale.