Welcome to Rita Bolla Artist Page. We are here to change the World one artwork at the time.

Hi. So good to have you here. Please feel free to brows, have fun, let us know if you have any questions.

We appreciate you.

 

New Series: The UnderStory.

Little bit personal here, folk, Hi, I’m Rita and I’m struggling. It’s 2021, second year into the pandemic and I am now a Stay at Home & Work at Home Mom with two busy children at the age of 4 and 1. On one hadn’t this has forced me to give up Art Therapy and finally taking a huge leap toward being a Working Artist (as in no more side jobs for me!) on the other everything I do, I have little helper (?) hands helping me. while this is more frustration during my custom work for MemoryBox, it is also sorta fun when it comes down to my original work. Fun, as in everything is full of paint and nothing looks like the way I originally imagined it. But hay, such as life. So I present you, The UnderStory. Name borrowed from a friend. Paintings created with my children. And yes, there is a story to each of them (for you to imagine…) Enjoy!

 

 

Something new, folk.

Great News! Rita now offers her illustration services to authors big and small, be children’s books, book covers, shorts, etc.

Working with her hands Rita offers hand-painted watercolor or acrylic images, that she then renders digitally, bringing anyones book dreams ready to publish. Click Here for more.

 

Book Release: Nimita: The Firefly Girl

We are beyond grateful and proud to arrive at this part of Nimita’s journey: The book is out

Nimita invites each of us to dream, reimagining our relationship with Mother Earth and all the people with whom we share her. Who is Nimita? She is the young child of Taíno-Cuban immigrants who own a farm sanctuary. Nimita generously helps with the chores when not at school. And, as she takes us to her life at the sanctuary, we meet the other members of her boundless household. In so doing, she weaves an illuminating tale about family. Named for a firefly unique to the Caribbean, Nimita shines for us all.
 
Order you copy via ritabolla@gmail.com and through amazon HERE.
 
Review by Michelle Lopez:
 
“Nimita the Firefly Girl is a beautiful tale. I love how the author captured Nimita’s strong connection to the Earth, the homeland, and the animals in the story. The illustrations are so impactful and conveyed their essence beautifully. The author and illustrator created a symbiotic relationship between the text and illustrations that made this story a delight to read. This book has soul! I highly recommend!”
 

 

New Series 2020: Home

2020 was nothing but the year of slowing down, looking inward and reflect. While we were blessed with many commission orders this year and book illustration projects, Rita also re-discovered something old, something she haven’t done in a while, but something she had been craving…collage abstraction. The familiar smell of acrylic paint, glue, burlap, books, cotton and silk yarns… the warm and fuzzy feeling of creativity and intuition taking over.. all so familiar to her. We call this series Home, because abstraction is Rita’s home. Well, one of them.

Click here for the deets: HOME. 

Introducing our newest project: MemoryBox

This is a collection of Rita’s custom art pieces and personal paintings of her own family – freezing moments, memories, period of time so we can cherish and re-live it again. Details under MemoryBox

 

WE SUPPORT BLACK LIVES MATTER.

It’s been increasing hard to post anything. There’s literally nothing else comes to my mind then BLACK LIVES MATTER. Gosh, Black Lives Matter. 
 
We’ve been somewhat active, marching, calling, signing and when we can donating, but not as much as I want to, and I’ve been feeling really guilty about it.
 
Sorta ditched my accounts, my website. How can I post about my art (or my happy little life) when we finally awakening to this HUGE issue in America?
 
For what it worth, I’m creating an army. An army of forest creatures and rainbow animals, but nevertheless an army.
 
If you buy one, I’m donating to our local organization, fighting for police accountability. So there, maybe that’s something. check my website, email me, let’s make a deal, let’s give back.
 
 

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

 

 

Persistence. The portraits behind “The Story of How I Found You.”

  

15 portraits. 15 women. They’re not celebrities. Theirs are ordinary lives, lived with extraordinary strength. Some I’ve known my whole life. Some I just met. I cherish each of them because they continuously inspire me. Each has stood out, or stood up, for me at pivotal points in my life and my healing journey. When the cascading traumas of sexual abuse, low self-esteem, bad life choices, bad relationships, fertility issues, and marital dilemmas have threatened to cripple me these women have shown me how to overcome. They have each, in their own way, given me unique tools to convert personal sufferings into direct action against social injustice everywhere. Regardless, the very existence of these wise women — veterans of life’s varied horrors — stands as proof of humanity’s great strength. This past year, to honor womanhood, I painted these 15 portraits. I’m not here to tell their stories- that’s up to them. I’m here to revel in their glorious presence. And if you don’t find yourself here, please know I am still inspired by you. This list is completely incomplete, just as we are all imperfectly perfect. I love you and honor you, all.

Little reader with The Story Of How I Found You.

 

April Feature: Animal Kingdom 

Check out this whimsical series created by Rita and her 3 year old son, Joaquín. Acrylic abstract paintings on canvas, collaged with realistic watercolor portraits of domesticated and neighborhood-wild animals. This series created with these often under appreciated – and often abused – animals in mind, focusing on their personality and uniqueness. Chick here or check under Original Works.

 

BOOK RELEASE!! Did you hear the news? Rita’s book The Story of How I Found You is out! A picture book for pre- & teens and all about inspiration, every day heroes, connection and just about being human. Stay tuned for book signing events, pandemic permitting. 

“This book is about people. The great ones. The ones who inspire. Who imprint themselves so deeply that the very idea of “you” and what you are capable of is radically transformed. These people need not be celebrities or world leaders. In fact, the people who truly make us come alive rarely ever are. More often than not, they seem on the surface like ordinary, everyday people. Sometimes we recognize their heroic grace at once. Sometimes only many years on. No matter how or when it happens, when the circumstance is ripe, these people will find you and lift you, even when you feel you have nothing to offer. They are out there. Never doubt this. And as you meet each of them, one-by-one, you will come to more fully recognize yourself in them and the value of the path you walk.” – CF Lapinel, writer & editor 

 

 

Rita Bolla:  Becoming Human. Works between 2014 to 2018.

“I call this phase Becoming Human. Starting with Transitions through The Vegan Project  to The Book of Persistence. It is a collection of figurative oil-on-canvas artworks and watercolor paintings. They represent the fluidity of life — our transitions from birth to child and adulthood to death — and how we’re always becoming ourselves. They represent the cycle of our becoming animals, becoming conscious souls, and becoming humans.”

Original artworks available for purchase, as well as artist available for custom work. Please click to the contact form or email us for any inquiries.

Thank you!

Peace and Light,

Rita Bolla Art Team

 

 

Interested in meeting us? Contact Rita for a Studio Visit!

While 2020 introduced some new challenges, and cancelled many plans, Rita is open for a mask-wearing & contactless showcase in her studio in Rosendale, NY,  or via Zoom call. Email ritabolla@gmail.com to set up a time.

 

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