Rosemary Willson received her fine art education at Cardiff College of Art in Wales, UK and Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has exhibited her work in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Vermont, and Maine.
The prints are a unique intaglio technique developed by master artist Imero Gobbato, in which the plate consists of treated masonite that is scribed into with specific tools. The detailing in the resulting print can be as sharp and clean as that achieved by an etching, which requires a metal plate and the toxicity of acid to render a similar image.
The fiber work evolved as a combination of traditional instruction in fine art drawing and composition, and a lifetime involvement in the needle arts.
Fabric compositions are stitched almost entirely by hand and can take several months to complete. With fiber as the medium, careful choice of color and texture is used to achieve form and motion in the image. After the initial sketch of an idea is made, a more formal, to scale composition is worked to establish all the pieces which will make up the whole. Each small piece is considered in terms of color, tone and texture as it is sewn together. After fitting, layering, and quilting, additional embroidery may be worked in to focus and enhance certain details.
“Nature is always an inspiration. Each piece of art I create is an exploration and desire to connect more deeply with the mysteries of creation, through the natural world.
I have always felt an affinity with birds, especially owls, crows and ravens. They constantly catch my attention with their calls and winged forms. Sometimes they seem to demand that I stay present, while they also remind me of the magical, mythological stories connected to the past. For me there is hopefulness within their persistent presence.
The idea of transformation and emergence is often central to the ancient myths. There seems to be significance in going through our fears, pains and darkness in order to come into the light.”