Tired of working with oil paints—and all the labor involved—Roi returned to the crayons she loved as a child in Italy. After realizing she could “paint” with them once melted, she developed a drawing board for her work, which focuses on vivid hues and the interplay of water with natural objects. This year marks her Festival of Arts debut.
Roi creates and photographs a still life, using it as the inspiration for a drawing she makes on paper. She then completes her work on what she calls her Icarus Drawing Board; the electric device, her own invention, has a cool zone for fine detail work, and a warm one that melts the wax for that painterly effect.
For this piece, Roi immersed pebbles she collected on a beach in Cambria in a container. “I became mesmerized by the water circling each pebble, connecting them with bright highlights. That’s when the name ‘Social Network’ came to mind.
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This article originally appeared in the August 2012 issue.