Originals & Prints by Rod Bentley
MEET THE ARTIST at Samantha’s Cafe
Thursday, May 21, 2015 (5-8pm)
11 Broad Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801
I am the eldest of six children. As a young boy, I lived in the town of Thurman, NY. Fond childhood memories among my two brothers are captured among the dirt roads, riverbanks, lakes, fields and mountains. The core of my visual expression encompasses the essence, purpose, recovery and my voice following an adult severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
On a Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, May 15th, 2011, a near fatal injury took my life into a realm I had never known. The emotional landslide triggered dormant creative ability and opened a passage. I choose to use graphite, charcoal and limited pastel as a medium. The visual source of inspiration is the pure naked presence of Adirondack nature, its’ innate architecture and provides the contemplation needed. I embrace a very limited color palette and find that working in silence and detailing my work provides what full color does not provide.
Recent personal exhibits are very motivating for me and provide a sense of gratitude, humility, compassion and purpose. I am aware that my artistic expression invites all ages, including children and it solidifies a bond with children within the visual arts. My artistic community interactions provide magical transformations from what we know as “disabilities” to the unknown “abilities” and fashions mutual collaborations and teachings.
My studios are that of Coffee Bars and cafes. The patrons are an invigorating and invaluable source of untapped inspiration. The souls that walk in the doors are those that represent children, doctors, business professionals, servers, musicians, artists, politicians, families, spiritual seekers, authors, film producers, even addicts. They are all teachers of life’s lessons.
My deepest artistic intention is to further develop creativity expression allowing children to identify, interact and communicate with their lives.