About Gladys Roldan-de-Moras
Always proud of her Colombian and Mexican roots, Gladys Roldan-de-Moras' passion for art is reflected in her colorful work. Each one of her paintings captures the essence of the moment; often there is a hidden message the artist wants to convey. Strong colors, soft edges, hard edges, light and shadow are all captured by the artists hand. Because of her talent she is rapidly being recognized as an important emerging artist.
The product of a long line of artists and artisans Gladys was born in Monterrey, Mexico. She began enjoying Art at a very young age and took a circuitous route to become a fine artist. After attending Medical School she left her promising medical career to become the fine artist we know today. In 1984 she moved to Austin where she received her degree from the University of Texas.
She has studied the art of painting under the guidance of distinguished National and International instructors such as Dan Gerhartz, Quang Ho, Morgan Weistling, CW Mundy, George Strickland, Frank Lalumia, Daniel Greene, Scott Burdick, Kevin Macpherson, Jeffrey Watts, Ron Rencher, Sherrie McGraw, Ken Backhaus, Laura Robb, Johanna Harmon, Janice Yow Hindes, William Hocker, Harold Phoenix, Helen Van Wyk, John Budicin, C.J Beck, Profr. Gustavo Trujillo Martin del Campo and classes/ lectures by Richard Schmid.
Gladys credits her growth as an artist to the years of study and guidance under Daniel F Gerhartz.
She teaches oil painting workshops through out the year at the Coppini Academy Of Fine Arts where she is sought as a talented instructor.
Her paintings have been acquired by National and International private collectors, The University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA), United States Air Force (USAF), San Antonio Art League Museum Permanent Collection, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Hospitals, Law Firms, On-Board Software Co. etc. Her artwork has been featured in TV programs such as "Lo Mejor de lo Nuestro (Univision)and published in Architectural Digest International Edition. She has been cited in publications such as the San Antonio Express News, Prime Time, Tritonian, Art Business News, El Dictamen de Veracruz, and La Voz Latina.
Gladys donates her artwork to several charities. Some of them are the KLRN Art auction (PBS), San Antonio Assistance League, AyudaArte (Catholic Charities), Christian Senior Services (Meals on Wheels), and the Annual Richard Schmid Fine Art Auction in Colorado.
She has received numerous awards for her beautiful work, including "Artist Magazine Award for Excellence in Painting" at the Oil Painters of America " Fourteenth Annual National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils at the Hilligoss Galleries Chicago, Illinois, the "Julian Onderdonk Memorial Purchase Award" from the San Antonio Art League 74th Annual Artist Exhibition and the Grumbacher Award and the "Jury's Top 50," Salon International 2007 and 2009, International Museum of Contemporary Masters, Greenhouse Gallery,San Antonio,Texas. Roldan de Moras has also been named Artist of the Year at The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts.
She has illustrated children books entitled "Bike Hike" and most recently "On with the Race" authored by Kathryn D. Grace and published in 1998. She demonstrates her talent in various media such as oil, pastel, watercolor, pencil and charcoal.
During the summer months and Holidays she travels to her native land, Mexico and other countries where she works on paintings, teaches workshops, and searches for new ideas. She enjoys and encourages Plein-Aire painting, therefore seldom will you see her without a field easel and umbrella. She is a full-time artist constantly researching books and visiting Museums. Gladys collects and studies, turn of the century Art Instruction books.
Some of the Artists that she admires and looks up to are John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Cecilia Beaux, Mary Cassatt, Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida, Nicolai Fechin, Richard Schmid, Jules Bastien Le Page, Dan Gerhartz, Howard Sanden , Alphonse Mucha and Abott Thayer to mention a few.
Gladys de Moras is a member of The American Society of Classical Realism (ASCR), The American Society of Portrait Artists (ASOPA), The American Impressionist Society,The New York Society of Portrait Artists, Oil Painters of America (OPA), Christians in Portraiture, The Coppini Academy of Fine Arts , American Women Artists , KAWA (Kick Ass Women Artists) and Art by Latina Artists.
She lives in San Antonio Texas.
Art By Latina Artists
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The following interview is copied with permission from www.artbylatinaartists.com
Getting to Know Artist: Gladys Roldan de Moras
1)Tell us a little about yourself (what would you like people to know about you?), your background, heritage, family, what part of the country do you live in?, etc...
My name is Gladys Roldan-de-Moras. I am a full time artist. I was born and raised in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. My father is from Cali, Colombia, and my mother from Monterrey, Mexico. I grew up in a traditional conservative Mexican family. I married when I was 21 years old and have been living the United States for the past 20 years. I am married to Rafael Moras who is from Cordoba, Veracruz, and we have three wonderful children; Rafael (18), David (16) and Analucia (14) to whom we have tried to instill our Latin culture, heritage and traditions. We live in San Antonio Texas where I am a full time artist and my husband aside from being a very talented musician, is an Engineering Professor.
2) What was it that sparked your interest in becoming an artist, how did you get your start?
The dream of being an artist has been with me ever since I can remember. I have the most beautiful memories of so many art related events in my life. I can sincerely say that I can recall, with great amount of detail, paintings that I saw when I was very young. My fascination with art and everything of beauty has always been with me. After highschool, I wanted to pursue a career in Art, but my family was not very supportive about the idea. They very erroneously thought that Art was only for the “non-intellectual” What a misconception!. Therefore, at the age of 16, I was accepted into Medical School. During my years of study, I was fascinated with Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. I believe it was the creative artist in me wanting to manifest itself. All during my youth I continued to study art with whoever could teach me something. It was only after I married and came to the States, while I was in graduate school that I became pregnant with our first child. . Unfortunately, Rafael Jr was born with a serious health problem, and this is when I got to “live” the other side of Medicine, not as the care-taker but as the patient and I did not like it. There was too much pain. It was then that my husband told me he would support my decision of leaving the Medical profession and pursue what I had always wanted, which was my love of Art.
3) How do you classify your work?
Representational Impressionism. I try to paint from life as much as I can (plein aire, or alla-prima), and believe in trying to be as truthful as possible in representing the beauty our Creator has surrounded us with. Honesty in my painting is something I strive for every day.
4) What is your inspiration?
My inspiration is God’s creation. If I could only represent with my palette a little bit of the awesome beauty He has given us to enjoy, then my job is done! Sometimes I am asked what exactly inspires me to paint a certain subject, or group certain objects in a still life, and I must also say that Music does. I believe that music lifts our soul, and sometimes while I hear a beautiful melody, the ideas will flow and I will think about set-ups for models, or even still lifes. I constantly paint with music. It truly elevates my soul.
5) What type of music do you listen to while you paint? is there a specific genre or musical artist that inspires you?
I hear all kinds of beautiful up-lifting music and it will basically depend on the subject matter that I am painting and the mood I am in. For example, if the painting is from my series of Latin paintings, then I will play Mariachi music or even Latin Music such as Salsa, Cumbia or even Spanish Pop. If I am painting something as delicate as a vase of flowers, and I feel I need to be much more concentrated, then I will play some classical violin or piano concerto or perhaps a Cd with Soprano/Tenor favorites. If I feel I need a bit more inspiration, I will usually play instrumental music such as anything from “Secret Garden”, or perhaps religious music, that can vary from Gregorian Chants to Oriental music. I have such a varied and eclectic taste! In my Cd Collection you will find Jazz, Pop, Country, Zarzuela, Opera, all kinds of Latin Music, etc….
Usually when anybody stops by my studio, I have to lower the volume, since I like to paint to loud music. I like to feel that I am surrounded by music, or perhaps imagine that I am in a concert hall listening to this beautiful music being played.
But I must share with you that every morning, before I paint, and as I am setting our fresh paint on my palette, or adjusting my still life, I always start with a prayer asking the Lord to guide me in this painting, or if perhaps I am teaching, asking Him to help me share with my students what it is that each one needs to learn in that particular time.
Funny you should ask, I usually am not too good at naming my paintings, and sometimes I have named my paintings with the title of the melody that I played as I painted that particular work. It is so much easier for me to remember a painting by the music I played, then by the title I give it.
6) How do you want others to perceive your art?
I would like for people that see my work to see a bit of God’s beautiful creation and to see a little of my own heritage too. My greatest dream is to touch people with my art.
7) Do you have any events coming up?
Yes, these are in the near future
July 5 to 10, 2006 Paint out with the gallery artist of "Mountains Edge Fine Art" Gallery in the Pecos wilderness area north of Santa Fe with a show of the work in Sept. www.mountainsedgefineart.com
PRESS RELEASE: In July 2006 Artists represented by Mountains Edge Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico will gather for a week long paint out in the Pecos Wilderness area northeast of Santa Fe. Days will be spent painting the pristine mountain views, glacial lakes and mountains meadows, mesas and the winding Pecos River and its valley. Pecos is a legendary place in the history of the West. Its all weather pass through the southern Rocky Mountains made it the natural route for Pueblo and Plains Indians, Spanish settlers, traders on the Santa Fe trail, and soldiers of both the Union and the Confederacy. In fact, in the imagination of a young nation “west of the Pecos” is where the West began.
Just as the artists of the 19th century followed the exploration of the West, our artists will record the enduring beauty and grandeur of the Pecos Wilderness. Paintings done “en plein air”, that is directly from nature, and larger studio works completed from these studies will be exhibited in a group show “ Landscapes of the Pecos Wilderness-Gateway to the West” at Mountains Edge Fine Art September 29-October 12. An opening reception with the artists will be held on Friday, September 29, 2006 from 5-7 PM.
September 2006 Group Show at "Mountains Edge Fine Art Gallery" in Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.mountainsedgefineart.com
January 2007. One- Woman Show at "Alla Prima Fine Art Gallery" in St. Petersburg, Florida. www.allaprimafineart.com
March 2007 Leading a group of artists to Spain for a study/tour of the “Sargent-Sorolla” Exhibit in Madrid.
8) Have you reached your artistic dreams? If not yet, where else do you see yourself artistically in few year's from now?
Through the years I have been honored to have received awards and recognitions, for which I am very grateful but I sincerely believe that I still have a long road ahead of me. There is still so much to learn, so much to paint and so much to share with my students. I would like to continue painting everyday as I have been doing up to now and try to represent the beauty that surrounds us as best as I can.
9) Share a mistake you made (if any) along your path to becoming an artist that you would not want anyone to recreate.
Unfortunately I do have a mistake and it is one that I constantly share with other women: Do not oil paint if you are pregnant or even considering pregnancy. It is not worth it. I would never want anyone to go through what we have gone through. I encourage other artists to look for other mediums but try to stay away from oil. I must say that it has never been totally confirmed that our son’s problems where caused by exposure to fumes/ mediums/ fixatives, but it is a guilt I will always carry with me.
10) Share a rare fact about yourself. (can be something silly, fun or even serious)
I guess, since I just answered the previous question, I will have to share more about our children. Our oldest son Rafael, who was diagnosed as having no-brain at birth, blind and quadriplegic, and after having gone numerous brain surgeries is a very accomplished musician. He is an 18 year old tenor, who is a four years in a row first-chair winner in Texas for classical voice, a NFAA (National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts) winner in Classical voice, and is “2006 Presidential Scholar in the Arts”. In a couple of weeks we are headed to Washington DC where he will receive the Gold Medal from President Bush in a ceremony at the White House and will also perform at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. We will be forever grateful to the wonderful Physicians of this great Nation who have taken care of our son.
David and Analucia are also very talented Musicians. (Rafael's website is www.rafaelmoras.com)
11) What words of inspiration can you share for artists that want to follow in your footsteps?
In the kind of painting I do, my best advice would be to find an artist who is willing to teach you and mentor you, honestly sharing his/her talents. There are many talented artists, but only few precious ones who will genuinely feel that they have been given a gift and that it is their duty to share this gift.. When you find him/her, don’t let him/her go, but learn as much as you can, and always remember that one day you will be the mentor, and it will be your turn to pass along the knowledge as it was given to you. There is room for everyone in this world. But no matter what:
Follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and always strive to be the best you can be!
12) Anything else you want to share or think is important for people to know about your artwork, your journey as an artist, instructor etc...
I would like to share with all those women artists who have a strong sense of family and are very serious about their art and who sometimes get overwhelmed and discouraged with having to deal with two very important aspects of our lives, that it can be done! If I can do it, anyone can. Let us show the world that we are serious about our work, that we value our family and heritage, and that we can be successful at both things!
God Bless Always
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RECENT ACHIEVEMENTS: U N D E R C O N S T R U C T I O N
2011 December Coppini Academy of Fine Arts "Artist of the Year" Award.
2010 December "People's Choice Award" Coppini Academy of Fine Arts Miniature Show
2010 October . "American Impressionist Society" Award for Excellence in Painting at the National Juried Show and Competition in Nashville, TN..
2009 June Fine Art Views Competition Finalist sponsored by Fine Art Studio Online
2009 August Fine Art Views Painting Competition sponsored by Fine Art Studio Online
Greenhouse Gallery WINNER OF THE JURY"S TOP FIFTY AT THE "SALON INTERNATIONAL 2009, and 2008" JURIED EXHIBITION AT THE GREENHOUSE GALLERY OF FINE ART
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