Roland Cruse, artist

For me, looking at art is an attempt to understand what one sees and why. An attempt that should be shared with another. In doing so, one may discover how differently we see things visually. Acceptance of this lets you realize just how complicated art is.

I paint for myself. A self that is part of a society with behavioral expectations and assumptions. Did I say I paint for myself?

 

Photo by Laurie Hasan, 2022. https://www.lauriehasanphotography.com/ 

Photo by Laurie Hasan, 2022. https://www.lauriehasanphotography.com/ 

For me, looking at art is an attempt to understand what one sees and why. An attempt that should be shared with another. In doing so, one may discover how differently we see things visually. Acceptance of this lets you realize just how complicated art is.

I paint for myself. A self that is part of a society with behavioral expectations and assumptions. Did I say I paint for myself?

When creating art, no matter what visual visions, thoughts, and impressions that come to my mind’s eye, what counts the most is what I create. Does that piece of art come close to my lofty intention? Probably not, but most of the time it gives me something I like. I move on to the next painting. I keep painting. I think the more I paint, the better I will be able to judge more accurately how to present my visual inspirations into art.

  • I paint landscapes outdoors for so many reasons. One is that so many painterly skills must come together in a few hours of work that your skill as a painter can only get better.
  • I paint abstracts out of visual selfishness. In my opinion, the abstract is all about the artist contemplating their visual idea of the infinite in a certain mood. Trying to get just a little slice of it on the canvas. Very subjective. I love it.
  • I draw and paint the figure because it is hard, excellent practice and there is the human element. We are all in this together.
  • I paint still life and portraits to improve my technique.
  • I draw black and white line doodles for sheer whimsy pleasure.

Bio

Winning first prize at a student art show, Miami Dade Community College (south campus), planted the seed that I might one day be an “artist”. In the ensuing years, in between “real jobs”,  I tried to make money with my art. I had a studio at Miami’s Bakehouse Complex. I drew portraits and caricatures using conte crayon and pastels at Miami’s Bayside Market Place. I was in a couple local street art shows selling, trying to sell, abstract paintings.  

 

Later I lived in Spain and again drew portraits and caricatures. This time as a side line for customers in my bar “Chispas” in Costa Teguise Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, a part of Spain. I stuck them to the walls of the bar, which proved to be a good attraction and kept me drawing. I also worked the hotels selling caricatures and portraits to visiting tourists. Interestingly, sketching on front of crowds of people increased greatly my powers of concentration. When not drawing and waiting for customers I created my “Doodles 2000”.

 

I moved on and using my “new” concentration powers taught myself Linux, an open source computer operating system and from there web development. Putting together applications and websites, making them work, satisfied my creative drive. I stayed away from the “subjective” visual design side of things and was more interested in making things work than how they looked. Eventually I moved back to the States.

 

Having always dreamed of being an oil painter. I decided to give creating art another go in the beginning of 2021. I started oil painting landscapes and abstracts, read books and signed up for a few art courses at the Crealde School of Art in Orlando and created this website to show and sell my work. 

 

The following year, 2022 I became a “Fellow” (Fellowship Program),  in the Painting and Drawing program at Crealde and continued to take painting courses. The school has been a great resource on many levels.  Courses for starters. Being around other like minded people. Working side by side others while creating has been very fulfilling. Sharing ideas. Many of the teachers are working artists and are always helpful. The grounds are full of sculptures with some water features and is next to a small lake. All very relaxing. 


In 2023 I became a “Studio Artist” at Crealde continuing my commitment to become a working artist.


CV

January 12 2024
Solo show exhibited at St. Clouds Marina Banquet Hall
July – October 2023
As per the grant from United Arts Individual Grant painted outdoors along St. Clouds Lakefront Park
July 29, 2023
Orlando Museum of Art Platform Artist Showcase: “Queen ” acrylic collage
June, 2023
Recipient of a United Arts Individual Artist Grants “St Cloud Lakefront Outdoor Landscape Paintings
June, 2023
Crealde School of Art Emerge Exhibit of Studio Artists and Fellows Exhibited Four Oil Paintings. One Still Life, Two Outdoor Landscapes, and One Panel, 65×40 in, of Twelve Color Self Portrait Sketches.
June, 2023
Crealde School of Art 42st Annual Juried Student Exhibition Student Show Exhibited a Still Life Oil Painting
June, 2023
Artist of the Month: Maitland Public Library Over two dozen works on display.
June, 2023
SOBO Gallery Winter Garden FL. Florida Water Ways and Wildlife Exhibit. One oil painting exhibited.
May & June
Osceola News Gazette published two featured articles Roland wrote about two art exhibits.
May-July, 2023
Gastronomy: The Art of Food and Wine Exhibit Four oil paintings exhibited
April 7-8, 2023
Roland Cruse: Light & Color FAVO First Friday Solo Exhibit. Plein Air (painted outdoors) Landscapes
March 31, 2023
Orlando Museum of Art Platform Artist Showcase “Muted Peach
March 18, 2023
Paint Out in the Park, Lake Mary FL “Lake Mary Clock Tower in the Distance”
March 2023
Published CURIOUS SAWFISH Coloring Book
February 3-4, 2023
Crealde Fellows Exhibit “Two Still Lifes in Oil
2023
Crealde School of Art Participating Studio Artist (Studio Artist Program)
2022
Crealde School of Art Participating Fellow (Fellowship Program)
2022
Crealde School of Art
41st Annual Juried Student Exhibition Student Show “Atmospheric Scrunch