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Susan Rosman

"I love the transparency and clarity of watercolor to portray the freshness and delicacy of nature. I enjoy painting florals and still lifes that offer the opportunity to use intense color. I use multiple decorative patterns in multi-layered compositions for a post-modern interpretation of a classical subject."

Susan Rosman describes her life as beginning when she picked up her brush and dipped it into a watercolor palette. She finds that painting takes her into a part of her spirit where no one and nothing else interferes. It is the most peaceful place she can go--and her work reflects the spirituality and light that she finds within.

Rosman produces her watercolors by starting with a collage; she uses this early stage to resolve subject, composition, pattern, color, and texture. These collages are the inspiration for the large-format paintings she creates. Her subjects frequently appear within a grid format, and a strong Oriental influence often results from her use of pattern.

Though she does not have a formal art education, Rosman has pursued her passion through many workshops and classes. She trained at Brentwood Art Center with Sally Lamb and has studied with Ilana Bloch, Gerald Brommer, Virginia Cobb, and Franklyn Liegel.

Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Women Who Paint, Santa Monica, CA, Arena Gallery, 2009
Open Juried Competition, Santa Monica, CA, TAG Gallery, 2008
Works On Paper/Brand 35, Glendale, CA, Brand Library Gallery, 2008
Women Painters West - 1st Place, Sherman Oaks, CA, VIVA Gallery, 2006
Women Painters West - 1st Place, Tarzana, CA, Orlando Gallery, 2010
Watercolor West / Fukuhara Prize Winner, Riverside, CA, Riverside Art Museum, 2005