Landscape artist makes debut at Marcus Ashley |

Landscape artist makes debut at Marcus Ashley

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Feel free to touch the atmospheric textured landscapes by Colorado artist Rolinda Stotts, who will appear Saturday, March 7, at Marcus Ashley Galleries in the Raley's Village Center on the California side of South Shore's state line.

One of the latest artists at Marcus Ashley Galleries will make her first Tahoe appearance on Saturday, March. 7.

Artist Rolinda Stotts will paint her atmospheric, textured landscapes and answer questions for gallerygoers from noon to 5 p.m.

In order to get the effect of extreme age and texture in her work, she uses a 10-step process, according to a release from the gallery. Once the canvas is prepared, she paints using only oils, which allows her to manipulate the work in such a way that it appears to have survived for centuries. When that painting has dried, she adheres it to a wooden frame which she also has made.

“My paintings are more of an essence of nature, not a literal representation of it,” the Colorado native said on her Web site. “It’s the emotion that a stand of aspen stirs inside me that I’m trying to capture.”

Stotts invites viewers to do something most other artists discourage.

“I encourage people to touch and feel the work,” she said. “Most people are drawn to the tactile nature of the painting and I want to engage the sense of touch. … The cracks are real. It is not a crackle finish.”

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The gallery, in the Raley’s Village Center, will serve wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Marcus Ashley Galleries is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Phone: (530) 544-4278; Web site: