Marlin Rotach has known since a very early age that painting was his lifelong ambition.  Born and raised in Salina, Kansas.  He earned a B.F.A. in painting from Kansas State University.  While attending K-State, he met and married his wife Carol.  Rotach went on to complete his M.F.A. at the University of Nebraska.  He then taught design, drawing, and painting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Since the mid-1990's Marlin Rotach has worked almost exclusively in watercolors, doing paintings for both galleries and private commissions.  He has been awarded signature memberships in many prestigious watercolor societies including the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, National Watercolor Society and the Watercolor U.S.A. Honor Society.  In 2004, International Artist Magazine named him a Master Painter of the World.  His work has been featured in the North Light book 200 Great Painting Ideas, International Artist Magazine, The Artist's Magazine, The Watercolor Artists Magazine, Southwest Art, Western Art Collector and many others.  Marlin was awarded the Gold Medal in Water Media at the 30th annual Bosque Art Classic.   In addition, Marlin was selected as the "featured artist" for the 2009  American Royal Western Art Exhibition and the official poster artist for the 2014 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Rotach has participated in numerous juried national aquamedia shows with works being exhibited by such prestigious institutions as The National Watercolor Society (Signature Member), Watercolor U.S.A. (Signature Member & multiple Award Winner, including Best in Show), The American Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America (multiple Award Winner, including Best in Show),The Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Society (Signature Member), The Celebration of Western Art-San Francisco (Best in Show Award), The Western Spirit Exhibition-Cheyenne (Best in Show Award),  Aqueous U.S.A.-(Best in Show Award),The Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors, The Philadelphia International Works on Paper Exhibition (Award Winner), The Niagara Frontier Transparent Watercolor Society (Best in Show Award), The Taos National Society of Watercolorists, The Grand National Watercolor Exhibition-Mississippi, The Kansas Watercolor Society (Signature Member and multiple Award Winner, including Best in Show), The Missouri Watercolor Society (Signature Member and Award Winner).

His paintings are in the collections of Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Eddie Bauer Corp., M & I Bank, Emprise Bank, Truman Medical Center, Fidelity Bank, Koch Industries Inc., Governor Bill Graves (Kansas), Wyoming State Bank, Mark Shale Corp., Merrill Lynch, Quarterage Hotels, Alterra Bank and in the Permanent Collection of the Wichita Center for the Arts.

Rotach's original Watercolors are available through The American Legacy Gallery (Kansas City, MO) and Sorrel Sky Gallery (Santa Fe, NM).

Artist's Statement

"I start every painting with certain expectations.  In the end, the goal is always to exceed those expectations. The work must be ambitious, otherwise what's the point?"

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. 

Early on, my father introduced me to the art of Remington, Russell, and Will James. These beginnings instilled an interest in fine art, art history and a passion for the American West. My artistic influences are broad from Caravaggio to Frank Tenney Johnson.   When thinking of the artists that I have most admired through history, they all had one common thread.  They created dramatic impact in their works through a profound understanding of light.  In traditional painting, "Light gives Life".

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. I employ many techniques (experimental and traditional) to get the desired results ...shadowed underpainting, transparent glazes, salt washes, scraping and bruising the paper.  

Since light is the main focus of my paintings, the entire physical world is potential subject matter.  Daily, I find myself surrounded by source material for paintings.  My love for travel manifests itself in ever-changing subjects and I have established a reputation, in large part, by painting monumental florals and scenes of the contemporary American West.  I approach life as a knowledge-hungry student, and consider painting both a rewarding learning experience as well as a profession.  I am excited by the medium and challenge myself with each new work.

Artworks by Marlin Rotach
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"Ideas are to literature what light is to painting"...
Paul Bourget