Biography

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 mother’s detailed oil paintings of European scenes, she developed her own passion for drawing and painting, selling her first work at age fifteen. Rosemarie’s 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; she taught visual and dramatic arts at the senior elementary level. 

Rosemarie 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 process, Rosemarie has developed a unique approach to landscape and seascape painting. 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 been featured on a book cover published by a Professor at Turku University, Finland. In May 2017, Rosemarie received a Masters Award in Florence Italy, for excellence in the arts and contribution to cultural exchange.

As a Signature Member of AFC (Artists for Conservation), Rosemarie supports environmental and conservation initiatives. 

Support for Conservation: 

The most magnificent thing about being a painter, is being one with nature and canvas at the same time. Painting defines my life; it is a gift that permits me to respect and interpret the world I live in, especially when painting on location.

Can art speak about the environment, move human emotion, alter how we view the world? Our environment is in desperate need of attention. Conservation initiatives struggle against the magnitude of progress. My paintings often feature turbulent atmospheres and stormy seas. In my own way, I am making a statement about the crisis of climate change. And this leads to conversations with viewers and clients about environmental concerns, changes to weather, agriculture, wildlife. I pray these conversations will have a lasting impact by effecting a change of minds and habits.

I contribute my artwork to multiple causes including Ducks Unlimited, in support of their work for wetland conservation. Locally I support Credit Valley Conservation Authority and the preservation and enhancement of Island Lake Conservation Area.

 

Special Achievements: 

 

  • 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 excellence in the arts and contribution to cultural exchange.
  • 2016 - NOAPS Best of America Exhibition - Plein Air 3RD Place
    In September 2016 at the Addison Gallery in Orleans, Massachusetts, Rosemarie was awarded 3rd place for her oil painting "A Pleasant Bay" in the plein air competition.
  • 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.

Publications:

  • ArtTour International Top 60 Masters of Contemporary Art Exhibition Catalogue 2017
  • ArtTour International Magazine - Artists for a Green Planet Fall Edition 2017
  • Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, NOAPS 26th Best of America Exhibit Promotion, October 2016
  • Artists for Conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art, Hardcover - page 17, 2016
  • Artists for Conservation International Exhibit of Nature in Art, Hardcover - page 14, 2015
  • Book Cover Artist for Collier/Rodopi Publications, Professor Janne Korkka, Turku University 2013

 

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