Richard Roselli is a proud native of Pensacola growing up in Warrington. He went to school locally and graduated from Pensacola Junior College and the University of West Florida. He always dabbled in art but never pursued it in school or work.
In the mid-’70s, on a whim and without any training, he decided to experiment by painting in oil on canvas. He painted for about one year, joined Quayside Art Gallery and remained a member for about a year. It was not until 1999 when he started planning for retirement that he decided to try his hand at painting in watercolor and then acrylics. With that effort began a desire to paint the icons and vistas of his home town Pensacola. Among his first paintings were the famous Pensacola Beach Sign and the infamous 17th Avenue Graffiti Bridge. From those baby steps in watercolor came a series of other Pensacola subjects. As they say, “Home is where the heart is.” The “Pensacola Collage” depicted on this page is a collection of some of the prominent icons of Pensacola painted by Richard. Richard is also an accomplished outdoor and landscape photographer.
Richard has been a member of Blue Morning Gallery of Pensacola since January 2001. His work can also be found at other locations around town, Angel’s Garden on 12th Avenue, and Geronimo’s on the beach.
Although he started with the icons of Pensacola, his subjects have grown to be varied. As an artist and photographer his work can also be seen at his website, richardroselli.com.