Rosemarie Hanssen Art
I grew up in South Dakota, and have lived in the northeast part of the state most of my life. My grandmother was painting yet when I was quite small, so I developed an interest in art from her. However, I graduated from South Dakota State University with a BS degree in Nursing, married and had two children. I eventually quit nursing when I became involved in dairy and grain farming with my husband. I did very little painting between raising the children, and helping on the farm! Eventually I took a short watercolor class and with encouragement from my family, I started painting again and really enjoy it! On my own I studied design, pigment characteristics, and color mixing. I have also taken a few watercolor workshops to learn more about art, and watercolor painting in particular. A few years ago we switched from dairy to raising sheep, and currently, small grain and beef cattle, so I have a little more time for painting! Now I enjoy seeing the grandchildren interested in art as well!
My paintings reflect my rural lifestyle and my flower beds! I like to walk the countryside with camera and sketchbook - just in case. My husband is an expert at quick stops for my photo taking! Often my painting is about sunlight, but sometimes it is the more subtle beauty of clouds, rain, snow, and fog. Sometimes it’s about light on a houseplant, bouquet of flowers, children, people, or animals. Watercolor IS all about light! Small paintings are usually done on site, but many paintings are my interpretation of photos I have taken. Once I have developed the composition and planned the color scheme, I usually work from light to dark, and back to front, except for flowers where I like to do the blossoms before they wilt! Sometimes I use some masking to preserve white paper, then I let the paint blend wet into wet, and add some dry brushwork for the final details.