Roxanne Richards

Mentoring Philosophy

My role as a mentor is to meet with you at different junctures of your journey. Although I am a companion on your journey, the adventure is all yours. Our encounters will be times of shared wonderment and introspection.

I am not here to teach you how to create art as only you can teach yourself that.

I am here to listen, to observe, to encourage and to help you see beyond the trees.

I don’t have all the answers for you but you wouldn’t want me to give you the answers if I did. The discovery is too precious and exciting to muddy with someone else’s answers.

I once was where you are now. I went into the Mentor/Protégé program with a strong idea of what I wanted out of the program. At the end of the cycle, everything I originally wanted out of the program seemed so small and unimportant. I had found so much more and I found a home, a community. Keeping yourself open to possibility will make your experience extraordinary. This is a time of exploration. Why is your art so important and where is your art going? I cannot think of a more exciting adventure.

The transition of one color to another can cause a visceral reaction in me. The compulsion to create a piece is often rooted in my desire to understand my emotions regarding events. I rely on color and the movement of my brushstrokes to explore the emotional impact of life’s journey.

That is my adventure.

If we meet at our first junction and you are unsure of the adventure you are on, that’s ok. We can walk together for a while and see what we come across.

Top image: Unable to Fit In

Artist Statement

I have read that being comfortable alone with one’s self is a great gift.  During the past two years, I have found myself alone for long periods of time.  Although being alone is not something I would have chosen for myself, life decided to give it to me anyway. I had to overcome seeing aloneness as a punishment or a burden so I could embrace the freedom that being alone can bring. My work explores how we think aloneness feels, how aloneness feels and the opportunities aloneness brings.

As a colorist, I find dry pastel the perfect medium to explore the depths of color since dry pastels are almost pure pigment. Isopropyl alcohol mixed with dry pastels allows me to both draw and paint with the pastels. This handling of the medium produces a very atmospheric and layered effect, which conveys the ambiguity of my new normal. The figures move in and out of the picture plane confirming my uncertainty of what the future holds and conveys the loss and incertitude over what was but is no more. The one thing all the figures possess is the desire to be comfortable again.