Rosemarie Armstrong

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Rosemarie Armstrong

ARC Living Artist TM

20 artworks

Canadian

Born 1956

http://www.rosemariearmstrong.com

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Black Pool

oil on archival gesso panel

30.5 x 40.6 x 2.5 cms | 12 x 16 x 1 ins

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Desolation Lake

oil on archival gesso panel

30.5 x 40.6 x 2.5 cms | 12 x 16 x 1 ins

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Enchante

oil on canvas

76.2 x 76.2 x 2.5 cms | 30 x 30 x 1 ins

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Gibraltar

oil on canvas

91.4 x 121.9 x 2.5 cms | 36 x 48 x 1 ins

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Heat Wave

oil on archival gesso panel

45.7 x 61 x 2.5 cms | 18 x 24 x 1 ins

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Liquid Precipice

oil on canvas

76.2 x 76.2 x 2.5 cms | 30 x 30 x 1 ins

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Monte Cristo

oil on canvas

91.4 x 91.4 x 3.8 cms | 36 x 36 x 1 1/2 ins

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Mystic Beach

oil on canvas

22.9 x 61 x 2.5 cms | 9 x 24 x 1 ins

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Rocky Mountain Medley

oil on archival gesso panel

30.5 x 61 x 2.5 cms | 12 x 24 x 1 ins

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Solitude

oil on canvas

61 x 121.9 x 2.5 cms | 24 x 48 x 1 ins

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Rosemarie is a painter of landscapes and seascapes; her paintings convey the constant transformation of the natural world. Her skilled and purposeful technique results in a multi-dimensional, illuminated quality of atmosphere, earth and water. The creative process begins in nature; plein air studies, sketches, photographs and memories provide the foundation for studio work. In order to witness and paint nature's reality, Rosemarie explores Canada's majestic and often remote locations.

Rosemarie has been painting for four decades. Her paintings reflect her artistic soul and her professional calibre. She believes that through artists, people can envision the best of our world and the human spirit. Creativity in all its forms, can draw attention to world issues; climate, environment, change inflicted by progress. Artists can help the public to engage with issues of environmental destruction and degradation through their artistic images and conversation. 

There is an abundance of atmospheric, often turbulent images in many of Rosemarie’s works. She explores the illumination which follows darkness, and the darkness that precedes light. This epochal shift in her work is a commentary on the state of our environment. She is strongly influenced by great masters such as J.W.M. Turner, Ilya Repin, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran.

Rosemarie's artistic journey began in early childhood, influenced by both parents.   Her mother Helga was a talented oil painter born in Czechslovakia and trained as an artist and fabric designer in Oberkotzau, Germany.  It was a lifelong exposure to her mother`s creative process that set the foundation for Rosemarie`s own artistic journey.  As a teen, Rosemarie loved to illustrate people and wildlife.  Recognizing her daughter’s talent, Helga signed Rosemarie up with a local art group at age fifteen and enrolled her in figure drawing and sculpture classes. 

Her father emigrated from Switzerland in the early 1950's and built a decorating business.  Rosemarie was intrigued by the process of making and using colour and as soon as she was old enough, joined her father and brother on job sites.

Eventually she decided to pursue her education, high school with Honours and post secondary studies in English, Psychology, Roman and Greek Classics and Law, at the University of Waterloo.  She acquired her  Teaching Certification and taught Arts and Drama curriculum to senior elementary students. The making and teaching of Art continued to be a focus of her professional life.

In 1992, a life altering event took place one day when Rosemarie was exhibiting her paintings in Kitchener Ontario.  She met a soft spoken man who had been watching quietly as she worked and demonstrated.  Mr. Zeng was a ‘Living Master Painter’ who had recently emigrated from China; he invited her to study painting with him.  A lifelong mentorship and friendship resulted.

During the late 1990’s Rosemarie was encouraged by her Board of Education to join an excursion which would take her from Vancouver to Ketchikan, Alaska.  Her task was to learn about west coast art and culture from the research and experts, then to design a new curriculum based on art and culture of the west coast to complement the Board’s Resource Library for junior and senior elementary students. Rosemarie utilized her artistic talents to illustrate the curriculum.

Rosemarie has traveled through many European countries.  A large network of relatives has provided many places to call home base.  Adventures in the mountains, exploring tiny villages and absorbing a range of physical geography…..she also studied centuries' worth of art exhibited in cathedrals, museums and public buildings. Exposure to these great works has had a subtle but strong influence on her own style of realism.

In 2006, Rosemarie retired from her position as an educator and began a project to build an open concept studio space where she could paint, instruct and educate emerging artists.  Rosemarie became a prolific painter, favouring oil paints on canvas.  She joined local and regional art groups, facilitated forums and workshops, taught art lessons and volunteered as a Board member of a local arts organization, while co-curating two public galleries. 

In August of 2011, Rosemarie lived in the tiny community of Los Tolas Ecuador, high in the cloud forest of the Andes, surrounded by active volcanoes.  While living the life of an Ecuadorian, her goal was to help develop a sustainable local economy with art. This project included sourcing raw materials such as wood to build stretcher frames, and fabrics which could be primed with leftover house paint for use as canvas.

She appreciates how these diverse experiences have shaped her artistic practice and realizes the importance of change and growth. Rosemarie is a Signature Member of Artists for Conservation International (AFC), the world's leading artist group supporting the environment, representing 500 of the world's leading nature/wildlife artists from 30 countries. AFC's mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation and environmental education through art that celebrates nature.

 

 

The Gallery in the Oak Bay Village - Victoria B.C., The Howe Street Gallery of Fine Art - Vancouver B.C., Le Soleil Fine Art Gallery - Vancouver B.C., Dragonfly Arts on Broadway Avenue - Ontario, The RA Art Gallery - Ontario, Headwaters Arts Gallery - Alton Ontario, Municipal Gallery - Shelburne ON