Loretta Rolison was struck with Guillian Barre Syndrome in early November of 1996. Initially she was totally paralyzed and on a respirator for five months. After two and a half years of extensive inpatient and outpatient care and therapy, she advanced to walking with AFO’s and a cane (which she still relies on to walk today). Although she has recovered most of her fine and gross motor skills, she still has physical complications and experiences frequent bouts of fatigue due to GBS.
She attributes her recovery to the knowledgeable caring treatment she received from medical personnel and therapists, and the support and prayers of family and friends. Two Bible verses that gave her comfort and courage during her paralysis and recovery were “…with His stripes we are healed”, (Isaiah 53:5) and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”, (Philippians 4:13).
For a few years Rolison painted with water soluble oils, but has since returned to painting with standard oil paints. She loves the smell, viscosity, and versatility of oils. She creates her paintings from imagination, photos and memory. Her desire is to express her joy with the beauty of God’s design and Creation whether it is in the light and shadow of a still life, the texture and color of the landscape or the beauty and individuality of a figure. She has exhibited at Mary Free Bed, Artists Creating Together and in 2012 and 2013 at Art Prize.
Previously, she signed her paintings Heppe (her maiden name) and MFW for My Father’s World. Now she simply signs them with her initials, LKR, to show the support of her husband and in memory of her mother. Her mother signed her own drawings with her initials (KEH) and it was she who first encouraged Rolison from an early age to draw and paint.