Roland Simard has been experimenting with various pulps and fibers and has been incorporating them in his artwork for over 30 years. In 1982 he received a degree in Fine Art and Art Education at Plymouth State University. A native of northern NH, Roland continues to live in the White Mountains with his wife and has taught high school art for the past 40 years.
In his home studio, Roland has spent the bulk of his adult life working with pulp and fibers. He is continually exploring and developing new methods and techniques of casting individual sheets of paper. Over the past four decades, Roland has produced hundreds of images individually cast in handmade paper. His hand cast sheets of paper, sometimes referred to as “pulp paintings,” have afforded him much respect and recognition in the art world. He has exhibited his works in solo and group shows throughout New England and has won numerous competitive awards as well. His unique artwork and technique was featured in American Artist’s on-line magazine. Roland’s artwork hangs in private collections throughout the country.
To capture the spirit and essence of a subject or idea through form, color and light is the challenge of my art. The inspiration found in nature seems endless. Beauty is everywhere and as an artist I interpret that beauty, trying to integrate my personal style, and put it out there for people to connect with, remembering another place and/or time that may have been forgotten. There is a need to express what sometimes can only be felt; to create an experience unique to each individual.
My work is an intuitive process. You have to set down, not what you know already, but what you have just discovered. The fibers often dictate the final imagery and I allow this to be my guide. I choose colors to create mood, atmosphere, and a vibration of energy unique to each viewer interacting with the final piece.