It turns out that the paintings are small (a little larger than a postcard) and that the artist didn’t have a home studio. In fact, he claims he’s not much of an artist at all, only a “doodler.”
“I’m a dabbler, not an artist,” Roellgen said.
Yet his compact-sized watercolors are somewhat striking This writer is not painter, either, nor am I qualified to make a judgement on Roellgen’s art. But the paintings, I think, are pretty darned good.
What’s interesting is that Roellgen’s paintings are often the result of heavy contemplation, and that serious thinking isn’t about art at all.
“If I have to think about a problem I’ll pull out the watercolors,” he said. “It’s a way of thinking about a problem without thinking about it.”