Working solely in graphite, Maine artist Janvier Rollande creates highly-detailed yet sensitive portraits. She begins her work with photographic studies in an attempt to get a better sense of the sitter and capture natural poses. By combining individual elements from different photographs, Rollande designs her stunning compositions to bring out the sitter’s personality and her own artistic vision. She works on each labor intensive piece anywhere from several months up to a year, intuitively adding psychological elements as she goes.
After receiving a BFA in Drawing and BA in Art History from the University of New Hampshire, in Durham in 1983, Rollande continued her training in fine art and art education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago and the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock as well as in numerous private collections throughout the country. Her work has been shown in galleries in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Tennessee, as well as the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine and the Center for Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine. In 2008, Rollande's work was featured in a 10 page article in American Artist Drawing magazine entitled: "Portraits as a Vehicle for Self Expression". In 2009, North Light Books included two of her drawings in their book Strokes of Genius 2. Most recently, in April, The Artist magazine published a reprint of the 2008 article in their online edition.