The Jemez Mountains in New Mexico were Rollie’s second home, looking over the Jemez Springs. He drew inspiration from these mountains and his rich heritage of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa in North Dakota.
Figurative, abstract or representational, his sculptures have always been carved with the deep passion he felt for his Native heritage.
His teachers were all renowned stone sculptors who guided him through the many phases of creating a piece of art in stone and helped support his long career as a stone sculptor.
In 2001, the Ministry of Culture for the country of Luxembourg sponsored a one-man exhibition for him at the Mertert-Wasserbillig Commune Gallery. Shortly after, he carved a monumental size sculpture at a nearby ancient castle and began conducting stone carving workshops. Over the years, these workshops have helped over 200 aspiring artists, including the renowned musician Bob Dylan. Some went on to become full-time professional sculptors.
His work has been in galleries and exhibitions throughout the United States, such as Atka Lakota Museum in Chamberlain, SD; Viejas Casino in Alpine, CA; Turtle Mountain Heritage Center in Belcourt, ND; at the Peace Memorial Museum in Hirroshima, Japan; and the Noyuki Soga Collection in Nagoya, Japan. In Europe and Canada he has shown at the Galerie Bruer Mahler in Frankfurt, Germany, and again at the Commune of Pertert-Wasserbilling, in Luxemborg. His work is included in many corporate, private, and tribal collections.
Rollie was born on September 8th, 1954 and died on May 5th, 2016.