"After painting fruit, I am now drawn to flowers, specifically roses. Roses interest me because they are multi-layered, have many intersecting planes, are delicate and colorful, opaque and translucent. I carve out the shapes, and try to catch the flickering light on the petals. Each rose has intricate depth and many abstract shapes. I enjoy integrating the compositions with the depth of the petals, their abstract shapes, and the flatness of the picture plane.” "I cannot really explain my work without mentioning my vision. I was born, and remain, blind in one eye. I was visually impaired in the other, until it was surgically corrected at age 23. As a result, I have never known true three-dimensional vision. In these cases, the brain acquires depth perception differently than it does with normally-sighted people. Depth of space is intellectually conceptualized rather than observed naturally. The individual literally sees in two-dimensions but interprets it as three.” "Despite my visual impairment, painting and drawing have always intrigued me. As a child, I painted constantly, with my face pressed close to the canvas in order to see. I only painted objects that were close to me because my visual world was smaller. Distant views were not something that I knew, and would certainly never paint.” "This is why I became a still life painter. I paint objects close to me that I can touch and feel. I apply paint with my fingers, so that I can touch the canvas, as well.” Roses are an ancient cross-cultural symbol of love and beauty. Kolman developed a fondness for roses because her husband planted many rose bushes at their Port Jefferson home, where her studio is located. Each summer, she enjoys watching them bloom with color.
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