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Mississippi Series Statement

By Rolland Golden

I have always had an attachment to the Mississippi River.  In the 1930’s and 40’s, I grew up in various parts of Mississippi and also visited my Grandmother, who lived on Sixth Street in New Orleans.  We would sit on her front steps and listen to the ships’ horns, just five blocks away.  Later, as an artist, my wife, children and I lived in the French Quarter, never more than 4 or 5 blocks from the river. 

The Mississippi River has a timelessness about itself; yet, it had a beginning thousands of years ago.  It is replete with history from end-to-end; yet, is stoic about its storied past.  When I stand and look at it, a strange sense of melancholy comes over me – I don’t know why.  The river is immune to such emotions; but, it exudes them.

It is beautiful, powerful, frightening and majestic – all at the same time.  It has spawned many things over its ancient past from the Delta lands on either side, to the countless lakes when it decided to change its course.  Plantation homes wanted to be near to utilize it for shipping cotton to Europe. 

I have tried to capture the four aspects of this great river in my paintings: beauty, power, frightening and majestic. 

                                                                                                     ROLLAND GOLDEN

                                                                                                     February 17, 2009


© 2009 Rolland Golden
Contact: Lucille Golden at rollandgolden@aol.com