I asked Kiersten Rolla, recent graduate from University and professional Expressionist painter what her favorite fashion accessory is.
Q.You recently graduated from University with a degree in Fine Art. Congratulations! How are you utilizing your degree?
A. I am exploring abstract landscapes and continuing with my portraiture work which is my first artistic painting passion. My art allows me to find different ways to examine emotions from meaningful intimate moments to the feeling of awe inspired by a beautiful view.
Q. What other artistic endeavors are you exploring?
A. I am trying my hand at jewelry making. I love big, natural stones and working with wire and leather.
Q. What is your favorite fashion accessory?
A. Rings, rings and more rings!
Q. When did you fall in love with rings?
A. When I was 16 is when I really discovered rings. I never wore much jewelry before that. I would go to the mall and poke around and one day I found this ring with a cool design and a little pearl and I just had to have it. From then on I was always looking for unique rings.
Q. Do you have a favorite ring?
A. Before I was 21 I had a malachite ring that I found in a shop in Ashville, North Carolina that I loved. I wore it all the time with everything.
Q. Have you given rings to someone as a present?
A. Not really, but I have been given special rings - (Kiersten smiles when she says this) - My parents gave me my birthstone, blue topaz, for Christmas a few years ago. I also received another special ring recently.
Q. Do you feel that you have "enough" rings?
Q. Do you have a favorite designer?
A. Yes, Alexis Bittar is my favorite ring designer because his rings make such a big, bold statement.
Q. Do you have any rings that got away?
A. Oh, yes, when I was in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, I found a buffalo turquoise ring in a natural stone store. I fell in love with it but it was way too expensive for me. I used to go in to visit it but in never became mine.
Q. What is your favorite ring now?
A. My engagement ring!! I became engaged just a few weeks ago to my boyfriend of five years, Sam.
Q. Tell me about it, please,
A. Sam designed it himself; I had no idea that he was doing it. The stones are set in platinum with engraving on the sides which is Art Deco inspired. My fiance did it all on his own, he designed it, including the engraved decoration on the sides. We are so happy!!!