Of all the artists I know, Roshan Houshmand is the only one whose paintings are both in my house and in my office on campus.
As an Iranian/American painter who was raised in the Philippines and then Iran, with a Dutch-American mother and a Persian father, my roots are steeped in ancient patterns and textures. My formal education in the arts however is absolutely Western, with a BA from Bennington College and a MA and MFA from Rosary Graduate School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy.
My life’s journey has been based on making art for the past thirty years. It has been the only constant in my life for as long as I can remember. My process feels ritualistic, and I am often guided by intuition, and a sensitivity to the formal relationships in paint.
The most recent series “Petrichor” incorporates Persian calligraphy, block prints, collage and painting. Petrichor refers to the distinctive aroma released when rain falls on dry land, activating certain compounds in the soil. These paintings are about the present. They were achieved with a spontaneity guided by process using mixed media. The immediacy allows for a certain specificity and clarity that inthe past has been diffused through a more formal and analytical approach to image making.