Trees and landscapes (oil)
Rolt’s landscape paintings, which typically feature windswept trees or rocky shores reflect the wildly fluctuating emotional climate of the artist's life, sometimes sun-drenched, sometimes wintry-bleak.
Remarkably for an artist who made much of his living from portrait painting, trees were the subject he constantly returned to. For Rolt trees could express as much emotion and spirituality as any human subject.
When he was in France the pine trees of Cap Ferrat were a favourite subject. In England the great elm trees near his homes in Berkshire and Oxfordshire would become a regular subject, especially once the elm disease plague began to threaten their existence.