Acrylic on canvas

26" x 32"


inspired the poem 




I've been thinking about you
looking into your past
through your artist eyes
and those spectacular legs of yours
legs that wouldn't quit
until they did
until you did

the yellowed clipping
tenderly preserved across decades
satin black and white studio head shots
of a gorgeous woman
presented with a lifetime of possibilities
I've come to realize your gaze
in its black richness is hypnotic

there is an intangible melancholy
I believe you struggled to remove
in two-dimensional cut glass
the saints and cherubs you painted
with graceful fingers
have the same hypnotic eyes

I see all the happy moments too
in your tall strong sons
a European trip you relished
legendary treks to the city
Bela Lugosi's attempts to get cozy
the street-wise soldier who captured your wild heart

I know how this blue-eyed paramour adored you
his wit and humor I forever cherish
much like your yellowed clipping
and here I am
looking at this intelligent, talented, beautiful woman
wandering down the boulevard of her life

wandering, just wandering
in my heart
believing those long legs of yours
have at last brought you to a peaceful place

I miss you, my dear


— © Ann Marie Roselli-Kissack





I am an artist and writer purposefully lost in the process of self-discovery. I don't ever want to stop being surprised. I don't work in one medium. I don't have a specific style. Each piece is created in a different moment.

I strive to reflect a sense of humanity in whatever I create, whether the piece is a vampire or vixen, chupacabra or a tree. In 2016, I published Love of the Monster, my illustrated collection of love poems. Each of my writing pieces is married to one of my creature illustrations.

I've shown my work in small public venues around Orange County, NY. I've had a one-woman show through the Washingtonville Art Society. I've judged the Moffat Library's Annual Student Art Show for the past eight years. I also do a bit of commissioned work including portraits and murals.

What inspires me? I find inspiration with my eyes open, even when they are closed.



the true meaning of art

      by AM Roselli    


he asks
why do I have to take art

I respond
art is not something you take
it is something you give


she says
I can only draw stick figures
I respond
life saving fire is created
with simple sticks


they say
we can’t do anything right
I respond
you’re in good company
now put all your wrongs together
and make beautiful art

"Karole" Ann Marie Roselli-Kissack


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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