“I’m inspired by memories of the landscape of my childhood home in rural Pennsylvania, along with the North Carolina landscape which I observe with plein-air studies. I create semi-abstract works of florals, landscapes, and birds in dreamy environments.
The images I capture of the natural world are often fleeting moments in time: a lightning flash, the pose of a bird, changing light. These urge me to paint in a loose and interpretive manner using transparent washes of paint and gestural brushwork. For my semi-abstract collages, I layer mixed media materials which often include text, building the images and media on the surface and creating contrast between areas that are loose, fluid, and interpretive to areas that are more opaque, vibrant, and detailed.“
I invite my viewers to further imagine and articulate their experience with the natural world.
Dawn Marie Rozzo has lived in Raleigh, NC for the past 20 years and has been a working artist and art educator for over 30 years. She grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania, where she spent much of her childhood exploring the hills, creeks, and farmland surrounding her home. This landscape, the North Carolina seacoast, and her garden inform her art-making. When she is not working in her home studio, she is outside in the garden, or taking a walk in fields near her home. She lives with her husband and two nosey cats.
"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere." Vincent Van Gogh