Oil paintings that illuminate our natural world.
Rosemarie Armstrong Canadian Artist: b. 1956. Rosemarie works primarily with oil paints using a layering technique to build depth, movement, light and emotion. As a result, her paintings have a high level of illumination and atmospheric tension. Her technique is solid and her approach disciplined.
Born In Southampton, Ontario, Rosemarie was influenced in early childhood by her mother Helga Krehan, originally from Czechoslovakia. Through her motherís detailed oil paintings of European scenes, she developed her own passion for drawing and painting, selling her first work at age fifteen. Rosemarieís father was a Swiss immigrant who dedicated most of his life to commercial painting; from her father she gained competence in colour sense and mixing. She completed university and post graduate studies in english and education; for twenty seven years she taught visual, dramatic and performance arts. During this time Rosemarie began to work with Xiang Ming Zeng of China, whose mentorship has spanned twenty three years; his support and direction continues to motivate her creative spirit. She regularly teaches talented, emerging artists.
Rosemarie studies and, is influenced by, the works of great Masters including W.J.M. Turner, Ilya Repin, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran. By blending the romantic mood of European artwork with her personal painting methods, Rosemarie has created a unique mark on the world of landscape and seascape painting, which is her main focus. She combines field experiences and in-studio work to develop sketches and preliminary compositions which form the basis of larger projects on canvas.
Her work has recently been featured on a book cover published by a Professor at Turku University, Finland. As a Signature Member of AFC (Artists for Conservation), Rosemarie supports national and international environmental and conservation initiatives. Her paintings can be found in over 50 private Canadian and international collections.
- 2017 - Art Tour International Magazine's 60 Contemporary Masters Exhibition
Rosemarie was invited to participate in the Annual ATIM 60 Contemporary Masters Exhibition, held this year in Florence, Italy at the Al Duomo Auditorium. She received a Masters Award for her dedication and contribution to the world of art.
- 2014 - Juror's Choice Award
Rosemarie's painting "Liquid Precipice" received the Juror's Choice Award at Headwaters Art Gallery in Ontario. The painting is 30 X 30" oil on canvas, and depicts a tidal wave at night.
- 2013 - Established Artist of the Year Award
In 2013, Rosemarie received the "Established Artist of the Year Award", presented by the Town of Orangeville (her home town). This was a special Arts and Culture Award celebrating Orangeville's 150 year history.
- 2013 - Semi-Finalist Arabella Landscape Competition
During 2013, Rosemarie was one of 100 Canadian Painters who took part in the Arabella Landscape Contest; she achieved semi-finalist status. The Arabella Contest was designed to create "A Fresh Look at the Beauty & Emotional Spirit of Canada....to create an outstanding collection of current works that examine the emotional power of landscape art in shaping Canadian identity with a full sense of past, present and future."
- Book Cover (2013)
Book Cover front and back - In 2013, three of Rosemarie's painting images were chosen for a mosaic style book cover by Professor Janne Korrka of Turku University, Finland; published by Collier/Rodopi Publications. Professor Korrka's book is based on the writings of Canadian author Rudy Wiebe.
Author: Janne Korrka
Published by: Rodopi Publications
- 2015 - The National Oil and Acrylic Painters' Society
NOAP Society members share their individual knowledge, strive for artistic excellence in their work while focusing public attention on the lasting value of original Oil and Acrylic Paintings throughout the United States and worldwide.
- 2015 - Oil Painters of America
OAP is dedicated to preserving and promoting excellence in representational art; its main goal is to advance the cause of traditional, representational fine art by drawing attention to the lasting value of fine drawing, colour, composition and the appreciation of light. Through national and regional shows, educational programs, scholarships and marketing efforts, OPA has become a leader in the art community and a driving force in the new Renaissance.
- 2014 - Artists for Conservation
The world's leading artist group supporting the environment.
- 2010 - CARFAC Ontario
CARFAC Ontario is the Voice for professional artists; the association for professional visual and media artists. Founded in 1968, CARFAC (Canadian Artists' Representation/le Front des artistes canadiens) has worked for 40 years on the legal and economic issues facing visual artists.
- 2007 - Headwaters Arts
The Headwaters Arts Organization "exists to bring together artists and supporters to promote the development, appreciation, and enjoyment of all arts in the Hills of Headwaters Region of Ontario. The Hills of Headwaters region is a widely recognized centre for artistic excellence; a location of choice for artists seeking a nurturing, collaborative community."
- 2007 - DAC - Dufferin Arts Council
The Dufferin Arts Council is a volunteer charitable organization dedicated to assisting artists and art students in all disciplines. We provide arts programs and arts-oriented social programs for our members and for the community. Our vision is to be a leading partner in a flourishing arts community in the Greater Dufferin County area.
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