Vinciane Roduit was born in Switzerland and is a classically trained artist from the Russian school of painting in Florence, Italy. Her work is a reflection of her life, with a particular emphasis on her childhood. Roduit’s compositions are created from her imagination, as well as studies from her life. She primarily paints outdoors using alla prima techniques or works directly inside the studio on larger projects. The artist’s inspiration directly stems from her love for the natural world, still-life compositions, and her passion of combining her traditional knowledge with a more modern approach in her paintings and drawings.
Winter Night is inspired by artist Andrew Wyeth, a master of details and composition. Roduit’s drawing represents her self-portrait and conveys a tribute to her country, her roots, and her ancestors. She depicts a still-life of her possessions with the addition of a relative’s portrait in the upper-left corner of the composition. The door is intentionally left open to represent a winter nocturnal landscape – a direct reference to the artist’s Swiss origins. Roduit also chooses not to portray herself, instead sharing her personal space with the viewer. The use of charcoal mixed with white pastel on a primed background brings forth strong textures and emphasises a warm and welcoming atmosphere in the interior scene. To achieve this, the artist played with strong lights and shadows to create a high contrast between the warm and light interior of the house and the dark, silent, and cold outdoor view.