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sam Roloff (MAP #26)

Dutchess The Clown
Oil on canvas
48″ x 60″

Oil on Canvas
48″ x 60″

Westside vs. Eastside Portland Ore.
Oil on Canvas
30″ x 48″

In the age of Photoshop, I want the viewer to look at my paintings and know they were created by hand and brush. Unlike airbrushed models, I want the world to see my scars. I attack my canvas like the doctors approach my body, bold and unforgiving.

To do this, I keep a lot of the drawing corrections on the canvas in a sketchy like quality. This also preserves the energy of the marks on canvas without being contrived or forced.

My style is unique in that I treat my canvas like panel board and my oils as if watercolors. Often my brushes are worn and frazzled adding a bit of chaos, much like reverb with a guitar and amp.

For me, I find the process more interesting than a polished finished piece. I want the viewer to be able to see how the painting was constructed, like peering behind the curtain, revealing the truth. Much like my body, I can’t walk down the street without reveling my truth.

Lately my passions have included creating videos that showcase each painting with a “send off” of sorts into the public arena by revealing the inspiration and method of creation. You can view some samples at


Media: drawing & colored pencil, oil