Santiago, Roseta – “A Winter’s Tale”, Oil on Canvas, (30″ x 30″)
This painting by Roseta Santiago is entitled, “A Winter’s Tale“. It is an oil on canvas. Roseta said of this painting:
“This painting symbolizes the moment of the last snow of winter. The model is Ty, and she is wearing a bufflao robe that I was given as a gift. The comfort and warmth of the robe, and the beauty of it, are symbolic of the end of our winter journey as we look forward to the futture.”
Roseta Santiago is known for her dynamic realistic paintings. History reverberates in each of her paintings. Roseta Says of her art:
“The things that inspire me are the historical artifacts, historical people. My models are people with whom I spend time and who have something to reveal. It’s always about inner beauty. It’s mainly the interior of a person or thing. I can almost experience a pot being made when I paint it. I just see what the potter went through.”
She is best known for her luminous still life and figurative paintings of Native peoples and artifacts portrayed with dramatic lighting, Santiago is a master at chiaroscuro. She uses mostly living models, although a few historic people taken from photographs weave their way into her art. She says one of her goals is to honor Native American culture through her portrayals in her art.