“Since light is the main focus of my paintings, the entire physical world is potential subject matter.” –Marlin Rotach
Born the son of a commercial artist who was also a stock horse trainer in Kansas, Marlin Rotach grew up with cowboys, horses, billboard layouts, type books, paint and brushes. These beginnings instilled in him an interest in fine art, art history and a passion for the American West.
Rotach is particularly interested in emphasizing the dynamic qualities of light and shadow to create dramatic impact in his watercolor paintings. The transparent aspect of the watercolor medium particularly suits this desire.
He earned a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. in painting and has been awarded signature membership in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, National Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society, among others. His work has been featured in numerous publications including the book 200 Great Painting Ideas, International Artist Magazine, Western Art Collector and Southwest Art. Rotach was selected as the official poster artist for the 2014 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo and the “Featured Artist” for the 2009 American Royal Western Art Exhibition. He has received over twenty awards and his paintings are held in private and corporate collections.