Allison Rohland spent her adult career dedicating her artistic talents to local non profits in her home city, Lancaster, PA. She worked as an art instructor and gallery coordinator for artists with intellectual disabilities for 5 years, and has had a lifelong passion for the arts.
In 2020, she decided to pursue her passion of art making full-time—because life is too damn short to not do what you love.
Artist Statement of Work
My body of work is the freeing process of letting go. Letting go of the idea of how things “should” be, letting go of the “how,” and delving into the “why.” I create because it brings joy to my life, but from a young age it was indoctrinated in me that my art had to look a certain way. For years, I stopped creating because I couldn’t get this idea out of my head of what my art should be. Whatever I created couldn’t live up to what I had in my mind.
And so, I made the choice to let it all go, and to get into the literal creative flow.
The work is a flow of creative consciousness; an allowance for every image to move through me onto the canvas. It's a lesson in letting go of what I think the canvas should be and doing what feels good, and joy-filled. A stroke here, a swash there. A traveling from the mind to the body. Each time I step up to the canvas I think of things that inspire me, but I leave any preconceived notion of what the painting’s final form will be at the door. Because it is expectations that can rob us of joy in the creation process.
Many pieces evolve into organic, nature-inspired forms because that’s a place where I am able to let go, and where I feel most inspired.