Michael Rousseau

Michael Ronald Rousseau

~ Born ~
August, 1974
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

~ Education ~
Master of Arts
in Teaching (K-12)
Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, 2002.

Bachelor of Fine Arts Illustration
Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, 1997.

Foundation Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology, 1992-94.

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I am a painter. I am a draftsman. I am a builder. I am a maker.

I am a document. I am a gauge. I am a filter. A fire.

I am a thinker. A seer. A follower of a future.

Or at least that is what I strive for. Day to day can vary widely in any direction. I have a horrible memory. I often need outside cues to simply recollect moments from my life. Yet I have developed a strong visual memory. Strong enough that I am compelled to capture or react to it visually, and to make something out it. Sometimes I “win” and sometimes I “loose”, but either way the work remains a brief snapshot of a time and place, a stage of development, a visual reminder. I may not always remember what was said, but I usually remember what it looked like.

I am able to produce bodies of work at a capacity that feels strong, natural, and compelling. It has renewed a vigor that I am striving to keep up with. I do not know what the future holds, but I do know that my production shows a form of progression/maturation, and I am eager to continue.

I am in a constant state of learning. I have taught myself oil painting by plunging myself into a self-guided, in-depth study of the history, materials and techniques employed by painters from the High Renaissance to modern masters. This satisfies the geek in me and keeps me humble.

I find that as my media choices have changed, my style and direction changed as well. This is a remnant of my early art making days when I strove to “not repeat myself”,  to make everything as well as I could, and to allow myself to be surprised – which has kept me versatile.

My work serves as a reminder or memory of a life lived. They are a collection of images and thoughts that have marked stages of my development as a human being. Sometimes it is personal, other times a shared collective. My stories might get lost, but hopefully the images will remain.

My studio is in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.