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About

Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro Portrait
Rozanne in studio working
Paint Mess After Creating

Artist

Rozanne Hermelyn Di Silvestro is a San Francisco Bay Area visual artist working in the disciplines of printmaking and painting. Rozanne received a B.A. and B.F.A. in art and design from UCLA and Art Center College of Design. After working several years in the creative industry, in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, Rozanne opened her own design firm. Twenty-five years later, with a successful design career, Rozanne pivoted to focus on expressing her own creative voice.

 

Awarded Best of Show and 1st place in numerous exhibitions, Rozanne’s work has been shown in Triton Museum of Art, Museum of Sonoma County, Janet Turner Print Museum, The Art Complex Museum, Museum of Los Gatos, and can be found in the permanent collections of the Harvard Art Museums and the Library of Congress. Rozanne has also been published in Reed Magazine, California’s oldest literary journal and in The California Printmaker journal.

Artwork

“I love to observe people; I see and feel their fragility, strength, energy, and pain. It’s reflected in the compositions I choose, colors I mix, and paint strokes I make. Within the light and the shadows, I paint the portrait hidden behind the eyes.

 

The start of a painting is both harrowing and freeing at the same time. I find this uncomfortable space is where my best creative work develops. This potential inspires my romance with the monotype printmaking technique. The spontaneous act of drawing and painting onto a smooth plate surface is a constant study of life and light. It’s an additive and subtractive process that I do over and over again until I feel my image is complete. My first step is to add oil ink with brushes and rollers and then I remove the ink with my fingers, rags, sticks…anything really, depending on the type of mark I want to create. The final step is to transfer my image from the printing plate to paper through an etching press, creating an one-of-a-kind artwork.