Jo Ann Rothschild
The more I work, the better I like it. The less I know. The first stroke can be arbitrary, but it begins a discussion. My reaction to that mark, to its color and form, determines a paintingʼs construction and its meaning. Some of the tools that I use are mark, touch, repetition, texture, color and the spacing of the grid. I often think about music. I bring to the discussion everything that has shaped me to that point. There are residues of the things I see, the people I meet, the world I inhabit. I want art to be direct and emotional. Rothschild is the first Recipient of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Maud Morgan Prize as well as a grant in painting from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She founded the Art Program at the Pine Street Inn, the largest homeless shelter in New England.