Roslyn Zinn's Artist's Statement: Introduction to "Painting Life" (2007)
After years as a teacher and social worker, I turned seriously to painting, which throughout my life had sparked and enlivened my spirit.
For the last twenty years, from representation to figurative-expressionism to abstraction, I've tried to explore what paint can do. The work is invested with my own emotion and experience, finding those aspects which have meaning for me, and with which I can identify. I take my subjects from everyday life and the surrounding environment, paying attention to what is real, to the everydayness of things and people around me, even when transmuted through the prism of abstraction. I have shown my work at the Radcliffe College Schlesinger Library, the Newton Art Center, the Powers Music School in Belmont, the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, the Cambridge Art Association, and the Wellfleet Public Library. My work is also out in the world in private collections, as well as with friends and family.
As I continue to paint, and the work accumulates, I donate paintings to the Art Connection of Boston, which gives artwork to qualified public and non-profit agencies, such as: homeless shelters, volunteer lawyers' projects, schools, clinics, elder services, shelters for battered women and their children, rape crisis centers. What I see in the world, so burdened and troubled, and yet beautiful in nature and in the human form, impels me to seek to create images that give the possibility of hope.