Last Saturday I was happy to host a demo for Sergio Roffo in the studio. Although Roffo is one of the best known painters here in New England, particularly for his ambitious, color saturated coastal scenes and marine paintings, it was only the second time I had seen him in action. It was a ton of fun. He paints a great demo, is engaging with the audience, and I personally came away with the same thing as when we painted together last winter- man, he works quickly and efficiently.
As is somewhat standard for a two hour demo, Sergio started by describing his artistic background, how he organizes his palette and brushes, and how he lays out a painting. For this demo, he brought in two images, a print of an older large landscape of his to use for color, design, and parts of the composition, and a second painting of a Herreshoff sailboat to insert into the painting.
After laying in the composition in pencil, Sergio painted the sky to his satisfaction, and then painted in the rest of the landscape (from back to front, most distant water finally to the nearest dune). Roffo nearly finishes as he goes, painting to high detail in a bright, luminescent fashion. After a pass on each spot, he would return to it to revisit the coloring of an area, and describe surface texture with meticulous, calligraphic brush strokes.
While painting the boat, Sergio not only described all of the boat’s anatomy, but spoke about the importance of having consistent wind marks running through your grass and sand to support the direction of the sailboat. I believe Sergio said that the Herreshoff in his painting he wanted to appear traveling at about 15 knots.
After just an hour and forty minutes or so, Sergio quickly grabbed his painting and went over to the adjacent table (and to audible gasps from the audience) framed the picture.
Huge thanks to Sergio Roffo for agreeing to come share his talents with us. He has many distinctions, he is an elected Fellow of the the American Society of Marine Artists (ASMA), an Associate Living Master of the Art Renewal Center, and an elected member of the Guild of Boston Artists.
You can visit Sergio’s website by clicking here. He has a solo show opening at Quidley & Co’s Nantucket gallery on Friday August 18th, and if you click here you will be brought to Sergio’s page on their website.
Additionally, Roffo is taking part of a group show opening September 9th at Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA. He will also do a demo the day of the opening, contact the gallery for seats.
There will be another demo by Sergio at the Rockport Art Association in October, during the Cape Ann plein air festival. Contact the Art Association for availability.