After qualifying at Rhodes University, Rose Deary taught art for 30 years. She has been painting full time since 2014.
Her work is a detailed, sensual study of nature and reflects so well the beautiful environment she lives in.
“My earliest creative memories are of making clay oxen with the local isiXhosa children on our farm.
My love of the earth and its rich textured layers is an integral part of who I am today and of what I try to portray in my paintings.
I paint with many layers allowing the oil medium to dictate and influence the process. I don’t have a preconceived idea of the outcome.
I have a distinct style of mark making and although it appears to be smooth, like satin stitching in photographs,
it is in fact roughly textured and prickly to the touch, very much like the harsh environment I live in.
I create this surface by using the thin edge of the palette knife to draw in the details,
often using white paint which catches the changing light and gives the landscape a sense of mood
and strength counter balanced with the earth’s elements of softness.
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