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Rosalie Beck


Rosalie Beck has an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught art at the college level for many years. Currently she is teaching Drawing and Intro to painting at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Observational Drawing at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design . She also taught for two years in Bangkok in the MIAD Vajiravudth College Program

She has exhibited her oil paintings, pastels and watercolors in numerous regional and national shows such as the "Les Pastellistes"  18th Annual International Exhibition in Montreal where she was awarded Best Portrait,People and the Land at Laura Nohr Gallery at UW- Platteville and 41st  Annual National Drawing and Small Sculpture in Corpus Christi Texas.
She has also had many one-person exhibitions, including the Lakeshore Gallery in Milwaukee, the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha Wisconsin, SEAMEO-SPAFA in Bangkok, Thailand, Manitowoc Fine Art Gallery at UW-Manitowoc, Edith Barrett Gallery at Utica College of Syracuse University in Utica, New York and Greene County Council on the Arts in Catskill, New York.

Currently, her work is represented by Champeau Pioneer Gallery in Sister Bay, Wisconsin 

Artist Statement
All of my paintings are done from life, from observed reality. They are composites of the way things looked over a period of hours, days sometimes weeks. In a sense, they are a record of a visual dialog between the painter and reality. Although they might be called realistic my paintings are always based on an abstraction. Some quality- an arrangement of shapes, contrast of colors or transparency or the simple gesture of a flower stem will attract me enough to want to make a painting from it. Sometimes an arrangement takes shape immediately, sometimes I move and add elements for hours until it feels right, until I feel that the colors and shapes are in harmony to support the main element.

Color in my work is naturalistically derived but altered or intensified for emotional effect.
For me, the layering of color stands for the metaphor of the rich and continuous feedback between the artist and subject. Through this layering and enhancement I seek to create paintings that are both sensual and intimate from natural subjects that are commonplace and ordinary.