Meet Rosanna Van Straten. By day, she is a photo stylist and creative director. (Check out her work here: www.rovanstraten.com ) In her free time, she loves to get away on her 2001 Harley Sportster.
“I work in production as a photo stylist and creative director. I love the freelance lifestyle as it gives me more time to go on adventures, which then in turn inspire me to make more creative images at work. I am working to set up a photo studio as well, I want to build my own little empire. There’s nothing more freeing than not having certain orders to follow at work, just as it is not having to follow a map on a road trip.” -Rosanna Van Straten of @pennylanesplitter
“I ride often between occasionally commuting to work to avoid traffic and lots of fun weekend and much longer rides and camping trips with friends. My favorite part is obviously the latter- riding along the gorgeous open roads of the western US and feeling like there’s no filter between you and your environment. Every smell, change in temperature, shift in weather, road conditions, view– completely with you. Feeling that vulnerable gives you something extra. It’s a high risk, but it’s a higher reward.” -Rosanna Van Straten of @pennylanesplitter
“Some of my favorite places I’ve ever ridden have been Glacier National Park, Montana, and pretty much the entire state of Utah off the beaten path. Closer to home, in the bay, I love to ride in Marin, or to Port Costa, or along the coast towards Big Sur. We sure are lucky.” -Rosanna Van Straten of @pennylanesplitter
The Detroit-based artist Lisa Rigstad is best known for her intimate small paintings that present a sensitive, fragile, pensive space. But mostly she describes tackling her life and work with fearlessness. A life-threatening diagnosis more than 13 years ago changed everything she says. “My work became more spiritual. A lot of it has to do with searching for some answers,” she said. “I’m bolder with my art – before I painted safe little landscapes that everyone liked.” Breast cancer has been both the best and worst thing that has happened in her life, Rigstad says. Today she counts herself as a lucky survivor but still she devotes herself to raising money on Crowdrise for causes and people who find themselves in less fortunate circumstances.
Her current paintings employ a special technique of gelatin, marble dust, oil paint, and wax medium applied on wood and have been shown in galleries and exhibitions around the country. On the days when she is not in the studio painting, she rides her Harley Davidson motorcycle, spends time on the lakes of Michigan boating, and taking care of her dogs. She also works full-time as a department assistant at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. In a word, this women, artist, friend, and teacher works hard at everything she does. “Illness makes you realize that your life can be cut short, so I don’t waste time.”
I’m in Salt Lake City, visiting the Carhartt store in the nearby suburb of Murray. The location has an outdoor recreation theme tying the space together. Old motorcycles suspended from the ceiling and antique machinery are displayed throughout the store. The fun spirit is extended through a jukebox in the middle of the room and a graffiti mural on the back wall. If you’re in the area, you need to swing by and see the great location.