A tribute to my mother Marie Louise Rouff

I would like to pay tribute to my mother Marie Louise Rouff, a woman I believe to be a remarkable artist. She continues to paint every day and produce a remarkable arrange of vivid paintings. I remember as a child living in a home full of the smell of paint and paint thinners. In some respects I did not enjoy all the benefits of richer kids I knew because of the decisions my mother made, but I always supported her in her efforts. He choice was at a deep level also my choice. I learned an immense amount from her over the years both through what she said, she painted, and she did. And she remains my closest confident in all matters.

She was, after all, the one who thought me that if you want to change the world, you must first change how people see the world. If you want to change how people see the world, you must do so with art or literature. That is literally the only way to do so. Politicians and diplomats can never have that sort of power. Only artists can have that sort of impact.

Marie Louise Rouff in her  Studio in Martha's Vineyard

Marie Louise Rouff in her Studio in Martha’s Vineyard

She has moved over the years to monotypes and away from her still life works of apples and pears that I remember from the 1970s.

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5 responses to “A tribute to my mother Marie Louise Rouff

  1. Craig April 1, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I actually found this very touching.

  2. Craig April 1, 2013 at 4:53 am

    I think tributes to fathers and mothers are done too seldom.

  3. Yoriko Kishimoto April 5, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Emanuel- I didn’t know she is your mother! I bought two of her paintings. She’s a wonderful artist!

    How are you? We were in Korea last year for just a short visit. Yoriko

  4. Peggy January 19, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Emmanuel – I was touched. You and I never met, but I lived with Marie-Louise in 1982 when I first moved back to the city. In fact I have one of her apple and pear watercolors hanging in my study. It always brings back sweet memories. Please tell her i say hello! Peggy

  5. Mary March 22, 2014 at 4:17 am

    Thank you for such a lovely article. I became friends with your mother when we both lived in Northern CA. Now I’m in Chicago and she in MA. I miss her dearly. She was a teacher for me too!

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