Marlin Rotach

From my earliest memories, art has always played a role in my life.  My father was a commercial artist as well as a stock horse trainer.  I grew up with cowboys, horses, billboard layouts, type books, paint and brushes, and most importantly encouragement.  These beginnings additionally instilled an interest in fine art, art history and a passion for the American West.  When thinking of the artists that I have most admired, they all had one common thread.  They created dramatic impact in their works through a profound understanding of light.  Therefore, like my artistic heroes, my images are primarily concerned with the various qualities of light and shadow.  The transparent aspect of watercolor particularly suits it to my purposes.  

Career Highlights

  • “Master Painter of the World” - International Artist Magazine
  • “Best in Show”-Transparent Watercolor Society of America (Kenosha, WI)
  • “Best in Show”-Watercolor USA (Springfield, MO)
  • “Best in Show”-Aqueous USA (Louisville, KY)
  • “Best in Show”-Western Spirit Exhibition (Cheyenne, WY)  
  • “Best in Show”-Celebration of Western Art, Grand National Rodeo (San Francisco, CA)
  • “Best in Show”-Great Eight Exhibition (Wichita Art Museum, KS)
  • “Best in Show”-Art in the Woods all-media competition (Kansas City, MO)
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Museum Purchase Award-2017
  • Steel Dust Award 2017 – America’s Horse in Art, American Quarter Horse Museum (Amarillo, TX)
  • “Gold Medal in Aquamedia” – Bosque Art Classic (Clifton, TX)
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo 2014 official poster (Cheyenne, WY)