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Thanks to a sketchpad and the book How to Draw Trees--both gifts from her mother--Ellen Roles started drawing on her parent’s farm in southeastern Minnesota. Roles studied art in high school and college, but it was a watercolor demonstration that stimulated her to paint watercolors. “I was impressed by the ease and spontaneity by which the pigments flowed to create a fresh, transparent look.”
Roles finds that more recently she is motivated by vibrant color relationships such as placing red next to teal. “The subjects I paint are mostly recognizable, but uniquely rendered with color and shape,” says Roles. “I really enjoy making choices about composition and the process of putting paint on paper.”
Ellen makes her artwork personal but keeps viewers in mind. “It is my goal to create a work that brings pleasure--a work that will enhance, lift, entertain the viewer and decorate a space. To that aim, I design with a focus on warm color and lightheartedness.”
Recently, Ellen Roles was accepted as a signature member of the prestigious Transparent Watercolor Society of America. Her work is included in the 2008 national exhibition in Bloomington, Minn., through July 25. Roles’ work is sold at Galleries in La Crosse, and through an annual open house at her home.
Having become well-known for her technical competence and design skills, Roles also conducts a variety of workshops and classes both locally and regionally.
Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Signature Member), 2008
Wisconsin Watercolor Society, 2007
Art on Green, La Crosse, Wis., Best of Show 2005
Season on Saint Croix Exhibit, 2005
Purchase and Donations
La Crosse Public Library, La Crosse, Wis.
Gardenfest Poster sponsored by YWCA
First National Bank of Walker, Minn.