Archive for January, 2015


This is another painting of the late, great Prince Adelbert, my pet ferret that passed away a couple of years back. He used to love rolling up in his favorite orange plush blanket. I miss this little fellow everyday. I especially miss how he used to steal my socks and hide them. He was one definitely one of a kind.

–Roz Abellera


I saw this horse on a farm here in Florida. It was all white and its presence was simply stunning; it looked almost like a spirit. I never saw a horse quite like it in my entire life so that’s why I had to paint it.

I think horses are some of the most beautiful creatures on this earth. Too bad I’m not much of a rider. I guess I’ll just have to stick to painting them.

–Roz Abellera


I was at my local pet store one day to get food for my pet turtle and I saw the coolest looking tropical fish.  Feeling inspired, I proceeded to do this painting of him when I got home. I purposely made him look “cartoony” because he was quite a character. He acted and looked like something that belonged in a child’s room.But he also looked like a king among his surroundings and that’s why I named it “Big Fish.”

This was done with acrylic paint on canvas.

–Roz Abellera


I was born and raised in the South- raised particularly in South Florida. When I was in my 20’s, I moved to the West Coast of the United States. When I lived in Seattle, I realized one day that I missed palm trees. That’s the thing, when you leave Florida you realize there are no palm trees around and you then start to miss them because they were so common. Even when you go to visit a neighboring state like Georgia, you notice the lack of palm trees and that feeling of missing them kind of creeps up on you. Palm trees are just one of those things that scream “Florida” to me.

So now I live in North Florida and palm trees are back in my life again. This is a painting of a palm tree in Flagler Beach. It’s a silhouette painting with a magnificent sunrise complimenting it.  I will never take palm trees for granted again. 😉

–Roz Abellera


“Times Of Trouble”

When the spoon is hot
And the needle’s sharp
And you drift away
I can hear you say
That the world in black
Is upon your back
And your body shakes
So you ditch away
And you close the shades

Don’t try to do it
Don’t try to kill your time
You might do it
Then you can’t change your mind
You’ve got a hold on to your time
Till you break through these
Times of trouble

When you try to talk
And the words get hard
And they put you down
Don’t you stay
Don’t you ditch away

I saw you swinging
Swinging your mother’s sword
I know you’re playing but
Sometimes the rules get hard
But if somebody left you out on a ledge
If somebody pushed you over the edge
If somebody loved you and left you for dead
You got to hold on to your time till you break
Through these times of trouble


Another beautiful day in Flagler Beach with the seagulls flying overhead.

–Roz Abellera



Come take a walk on Flagler Beach.  Breathe the cool morning air and let the sounds of the sea still your mind. Don’t forget to collect the conch shell.


–Roz Abellera



     The Scream also known as The Cry is the name given to each of four versions of a painting, created as both paintings and pastels, by the Expressionist Norwegian artist Edvard Munch between 1893 and 1910. It has been described as an icon of Modern Art and “the Mona Lisa of our time. It is an iconic and haunting painting, definitely one of the darkest paintings in art history. I could only imagine in the pre-television age of the 1890’s, it was probably more haunting and dark to the general public of that time. I know it left an impact on me the first time I saw it 100 years after its creation. Powerful.

This composition left such a mark on art and culture that it has been copied and parodied by different artists of different mediums for decades. The most recent influence I can think of was the Skull-face mask worn by the killer of the popular Scream series of horror movies. Many people don’t know that the look of the villain from the movie Scream came from the influence of this painting. The mask was created by Brigitte Sleiertin, a Fun World employee, as a Halloween costume, prior to being discovered by Wes Craven for the film.

What I learned from this painting is that art can be cathartic: you can express your deepest and inner emotions through art. Art doesn’t have to be roses and landscapes all the time. As an artist I like to be able to express myself, warts and all- the beautiful and the ugly. Thus is life.

I could only imagine what Munch was feeling at the time he painted this. There is a clue as to how Munch may have been feeling from a passage in his diary:

In his diary in an entry headed, Nice 22 January 1892, Munch described his inspiration for the image:

“One evening I was walking along a path, the city was on one side and the fjord below. I felt tired and ill. I stopped and looked out over the fjord—the sun was setting, and the clouds turning blood red. I sensed a scream passing through nature; it seemed to me that I heard the scream. I painted this picture, painted the clouds as actual blood. The color shrieked. This became The Scream.

100 years later The Scream still has an impact and I admire Edvard Munch for having the guts to present to the world his deepest and darkest emotions through this work.

–Roz Abellera