Artist's Biography read pdf
Rosemarie Armstrong, Fine Artist
Rosemarie is an accomplished artist who works with oil paints on canvas. Her family
resides in a century farmhouse in Amaranth, Ontario. Their property is blessed with water
features, mixed forests, rolling land and old stone foundations transformed into organic
gardens. The home lends itself perfectly to two functional spaces for work and personal
use. Her art studio is located on the upper level; a gallery and custom framing shop on the
main level. This is where Rosemarie conducts business and welcomes clients by
An Intense Passion
for the Natural World...
She is drawn to nature in the raw. Windswept landscapes, abandoned rural structures,
rustic pastoral settings. Sensual seascapes, rugged coastlines and the ever changing sky.
Weather creates every imaginable colour and hue, a pending storm juxtaposed against a
tranquil landscape as yet uninterrupted by mankind's progress.
Each work conveys
Rosemarie's intense passion for the natural world. Adept use of colour, carefully
constructed compositions, and a layering approach, lead to magical quality and depth in
her paintings. She is strongly influenced by great masters such as J.W.M. Turner, Ilya
Repin, Winslow Homer and Thomas Moran.
Rosemarie's artistic journey began in early childhood, influenced by both parents. Her
mother, Helga Krehan-Schuetz was a talented oil painter born in Czechslovakia. She was
trained as an artist and fabric designer at Fabrik in Oberkotzau, Germany; Helga emigrated
to Canada in 1953. It was a lifelong exposure to her mother`s creative process that set
the foundation for Rosemarie`s own artistic journey. As a teen, Rosemarie loved to
illustrate people and wildlife. Recognizing her daughter’s talent, Helga signed Rosemarie
up as a member of the Orangeville Art Group at age fifteen. An OAG annual show was
where Rosemarie made her first art sale.
Rosemarie`s father Hermann Schuetz, emigrated from Switzerland in the early 1950's and
his skills as a house painter led to the start of his own decorating business. Rosemarie
was intrigued by the process of making and using colour; as soon as she was old enough,
she joined her father and brother on job sites. After opening a Colour Your World store
Hermann expanded to add an art supply and framing shop where Rosemarie apprenticed
as a custom picture framer, leaving high school at seventeen to manage this part of the
Eventually she decided to pursue her education, high school with Honours and post
secondary studies in English, Psychology, Roman and Greek Classics and Law, at the
University of Waterloo. She went on to acquire an Ontario Teaching Certificate and taught
Arts and Drama curriculum to senior elementary students.
In 1992, a life altering event took place one day when Rosemarie was exhibiting her
paintings in Kitchener Ontario. She met a soft spoken man who had been watching quietly
as she worked and demonstrated. Mr. Zeng was a ‘Living Master Painter’ who had recently
emigrated from China; he invited her to study painting with him. A lifelong mentorship and
During the late 1990’s Rosemarie was encouraged by her Board of Education to join an
excursion which would take her from Vancouver to Ketchikan, Alaska. Her task was to
learn about west coast art and culture from an informed group of experts including Cecil
Paul, Robert Bateman, Robert Davidson and David Suzuki. She spent two years writing and
illustrating a new curriculum based on art and culture of the west coast.
Also during the 1990's, Mr. Zeng relocated his family to Vancouver, British Columbia and
shortly thereafter Rosemarie’s best friend Eleanor Bahr moved to Vancouver Island. As a
result, Rosemarie continues to be drawn to the west coast every year to hike, photograph
and sketch remote locations, and study with her mentor. When on Vancouver Island, she
lives with Eleanor’s family as her ‘home away from home’, and Eleanor has a large
collection of her paintings!
Rosemarie has traveled through many European countries. A large network of relatives
has provided many places to call home base. Adventures in the mountains, exploring tiny
villages and absorbing a range of physical geography ... she also studied centuries' worth
of art exhibited in cathedrals, museums and public buildings. Exposure to these great
works has had a subtle but strong influence on her own style.
In 2006, Rosemarie retired from her position as an administrator of schools. The
`farmhouse` underwent another period of construction, transforming into two floors of art
gallery with an open concept studio space where Rosemarie could paint, instruct and
educate emerging artists. Rosemarie became a prolific painter, favouring oil paints on
canvas. She joined local and regional art groups, facilitated forums and workshops, taught
art lessons and volunteered as a Board member of a local arts organization, while co-curating two public galleries.
In August of 2011, Rosemarie lived in the tiny community of Los Tolas Ecuador, high in the
cloud forest of the Andes, surrounded by active volcanoes. While living the life of an
Ecuadorian, her goal was to help develop a sustainable local economy through the sale of
art. During the daytime she laboured on the mountain sides, while evenings were
dedicated to art instruction. This project included sourcing materials such as wood to build
stretcher frames, and fabrics which could be primed with leftover house paint for use as
She appreciates how these diverse experiences have shaped her artistic practice and
realizes the importance of change and growth. She will continue to build on her
foundational skills and talents as she absorbs each new adventure.
Rosemarie's paintings have been purchased by over fifty private and corporate collectors
in Canada, and by international clients.