Rosemary (aka Romi) was born in Wiltshire, but came to Cornwall in 1959 and has remained ever since. A multi-talented and thoroughly creative person, she is as much a musician (violinist) as a visual artist, the latter having been taken up after marriage to her husband Michael, who has since died. As a painter, she is largely self-taught, and greatly responsive to people and objects such as musical instruments and flowers, which pop into her images.
She has been a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA) since the late 1960s, though resigning in disgust a couple of times. With the NSA she has exhibited often in mixed shows. Her work has also been shown at the Rainyday Gallery, Penzance.
Romi is both a speedy and a spontaneous artist, as described by Frank RUHRMUND in his review of her latest exhibition of colourful and exuberant drawings and paintings. She is quick to tell you that she would like to paint your portrait - and it will only take 5 minutes. Her instincts and opinions are positive and naturally 'sunny' in approach. Her friends are many in the artistic community and include Jeremy LE GRICE, Lyn LE GRICE, Rose HILTON, the late Jane AKEROYD, Daphne McCLURE and many others.
Painter of portraits and still life in oil, chalk, watercolour, charcoal, mixed media
works and access
Lavender Vase; Whippet; Mandolin; Hi Henry
Mixed shows, NAG
1988: Art Share
1995: RA Summer Exhibition
2006: Artist-in-residence, Trereife House Gallery, Newlyn
2009: Solo exhibition, '50 Years of Painting', Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro
2010: Christmas Exhibition (solo), Old Methodist Chapel, Gulval, preview to London show 2011
2011: 'Toucan and Friends' email@example.com, Bury Street, St James's, London, 16 Feb-2nd Mar
2011: 'The Female Perspective' Group show, Chapel Gallery, Gulval, April-May
2017: What is this Place? Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn (22 Apr-15 July)
Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary of a Gallery
Ruhrmund, F (9 Dec 2010) 'What's On' column, Cornishman, 'Speed and spontaneity'