Creativity pulses through local artist's veins

By Shannon Jenkins

Before artist Rosalind Webb completes one of her pieces, she typically experiences what she calls a "eureka moment."

"I don't usually have an exact idea of what the finished product will look like, but when everything comes together, it will speak to me," Webb said.

After applying the final touches to an artwork, she pauses for resolution.

"When I finish a piece, I ask myself if I have said all I wanted to say regarding the subject," Webb said. "If so, then I put the paint brush away. The painting is complete. I will allow myself 20 to 30 minutes of a feeling of accomplishment, and then I move on to my next project."

Webb began her love affair with watercolor, acrylic, mixed media and clay more than 20 years.

"I had a desire to do something different, and I wanted to fulfill a creative urge," she said while in the basement studio of her Stockbridge home. "I have always loved the creative process. Whether it is sewing, cooking or music."

As each of her three children would leave home for college, Webb found herself with more time on her hands, which she could use to pursue other creative activities.

"So, I gave painting and pottery a try," she said.

Two decades later, Webb's colorful work adorns most of the walls of her home and can her art be purchased at Georgian Gallery and Spence Gallery, both of Stockbridge, and Clinton Hill Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Now a veteran artist, Webb usually works on several pieces at once. She's presently creating three acrylic landscapes, one mixed media abstract, two floral watercolors and one architectural subject in watercolor.

"Once you are operating in the creative vein, it is easy to jump from one painting to another because it is a right-brain function," she said. "During this time period, I am operating on a lot of stored energy that is released to the painting."

But not every piece of art will "see the light of day," Webb said.

"Some I put aside for days, weeks or months, and others I toss," she said. "Those that I toss serve as practice or warm-up for the next painting."

Regardless if her work hangs in a gallery or lands in the scrap pile, Webb said creating art is a relaxing, exciting process. And much of her time is filled with the soothing - yet stimulating - practice. Aside from gardening, family and church, Webb dedicates herself to art. In fact, other areas of her life often spark her creativity.

"My inspiration comes in a few marginal moments - a recollection of a past event or time spent gardening," she said. "I am intrigued by the vast variety of colors and shapes found in nature."

And it's this fascination that Webb hopes to convey through her work.

"I hope to share my love of nature, texture and color through my art," she said. "Also, I would like to evoke an emotional response from the viewer - perhaps the recollection of some special time in their lives."