Artist Bio

Rosella Mosteller’s photography speaks for itself, her love of the outdoors, and that of black-and-white fine art photography.

Mosteller has a photograph in the State of Montana’s permanent collection and the image hangs at the University of Montana, Missoula’s chemistry building. In addition, she has photographs in the non-profit collections of the Kalispell Regional Hospital, Kalispell, and the Wave, Whitefish, Montana. Her awards include the San Francisco Academy of Art University summer portfolio grant (2007), the Chicago Art Institute merit scholarship (1999-2001), and the Talbots Scholarship (2007).  Her images have been juried into Montana exhibitions at the WaterWorks Art Museum, the Hockaday Museum of Art, Missoula Art Museum, and the Wave in Whitefish, Montana.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (2011) from the San Francisco Academy of Art University.  Previously, she has studied at the School of the Art Institute Chicago, and the Flathead Valley Community College.

Currently, she guides art tours and volunteers for the Missoula Art Museum and the Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell. At Stumptown Art Studio & Ceramic Annex, Whitefish, she leads a Cultural and Art History discussion group focused on Montana, American, European, and World artists and history. This year she organized a Cultural and Art History club art tour of Chicago’s museums, theatre, food, galleries, and other visual art stimuli.

Artist Statement

When I was a teenager, my sister moved to Montana. Ever since, the state has captured my interest, first in my imagination, and for years now as my home. I learned to love Montana from the outside-in.

In June 2017, I was granted my first artist-in-residency at the Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, southwest of Billings, Montana. This past year I have tromped through understories, picked my way up slopes, sloshed through a fen, and paddled through a canyon.

These portfolios usher in a new year for my photography. My hope is that as you view my website, you will be touched by the rare and diverse beauty of Montana. Allow yourself to feel some connection to an aunt, uncle, cliff, lake, grandpa, grandma, tree, rock. Notice the visceral nature of the textured landscapes. Let the pull on your heart strings resonate, M-O-N-T-A-N-A!

To me, black-and-white images devoid of color, emphasize such elements as light, form, composition, and positive and negative shapes. An art element that I find to be particularly important to aid in portraying a feeling is that of texture! Texture often helps convey what being in a landscape is all about. I think it helps one feel dry, sheltered, exposed, and more.  I find myself, the moment an image is taken, feeling the history, the season, the photo narrative.

Some of my primary influences have been black-and-white photographers: Michael Kenna, Yousuf Karsh, and Dorothea Lange. Michael Kenna has given me photographic minimalism and atmospheric perspective. Yousuf Karsh has contributed to my respect for what light or the lack thereof can bring to an unsaturated image. Dorothea Lange’s artistic vision has inspired mine in a way that has led me to seek my personal visual perspective and look around me for what I may have not yet noticed. Lange, so to speak, has validated my work ethic.

This year’s new work is exemplified in the following portfolios: Montana, the Bighorn Canyon National Recreational Area, and Touch of Nature. The portfolio, Veratrum Viride, has replaced my Winter Writing portfolio. Most important to me is that I share via my black-and-white photography the extraordinary beauty of Montana that sends goosebumps up my spine.

-Rosella Mosteller