One of Harvest Gold's featured artists is Roland Simard. Roland creates are using a very unique medium: pigmented pulp.
You may ask, what on earth does that mean? Bill often describes Roland's work as more of a sculpture than a painting. Each piece is constructed, or cast, by hand.
As described by the artist himself: "I process natural fibers such as cotton, flax and abaca into a pulp. The pulp is colored using pure, non-fading pigments and I use these processed, pigmented fibers to build or ‘cast’ a single sheet of paper. As part of the sheet-forming process, I introduce the pigmented pulp directly into the sheet being cast, thereby forming an image and creating an impressionistic interplay of colors and fibers."
Roland received a degree in Fine Art and Art Education from Plymouth State University. He has been teaching at Berlin High School for 33 years. Roland jokingly tells his students that his pigmented pulp pieces are "spitball art". To see more of his work, please stop by the Gallery!