It is not y wont to quote rtists’ stteentsin y rticles or
Hu, but I ke nexcetion this tie. Rosy Soerville is nrtist nd rt instructor whose rst love iswtercolour. Ater n bsorbing nd edu-ctive converstion with her, I revisited thertist’s stteent she rovides on her hoege t <rosysoerville.co> nd relizedtht I cnnot irove on her sution o why she is wtercolour rtist:“Pinting is or e edittion. I love the chl-lenge, the unique oveents o the ediu, thecontrsts o control nd unredictbility, the to-tl ocus it dends. I enjoy the tension betweenworking within rules, nd llowing intuition tosek. I work ostly in the studio, but like to intin nture en lein ir. Trough the ly o light nddrk, o colours, shes, textures, lines, the denednd the undened, the stted nd the ilied, I t-tet to cture soe essence o y subject, be itin nture, eole or objects.”Te chllenges resented by her reerred edi-u re recisely wht kes wtercolour the er-ect choice or her rtistic sel-exression. Anyonewho hs tried it knows tht, unlike inting withoils or crylics or chlk or coloured encil, int-ing with wtercolours involves willingness to tkechnces with ckle nd cricious rtner. AsWikiedi uts it, “Te diculty in wtercolourinting is lost entirely in lerning how to n-ticite nd leverge the behviour o wter, rtherthn tteting to control or dointe it.”Te wide vriety o intings dorning herhoe gllery nd clssroo re testent to herstery o her ediu. Tey rnge ro vividbstrcted lndsces, to uted ortrits o eo-le nd birds, to still lie renditions o shoes ndorl bouquets. Ech is rerkble or its tngiblesuccess in ortrying the essence o its subject; Iunderstnd exctly wht Soerville ens whenshe writes bout “the dened nd the undened,the stted nd the ilied.” Nowhere is this oreevident thn in her ortrits o eole. One glncet “Bridget” nd you truly wish you were riend o this wise, cring won.
The Teaching Gene
Rosy’s innte tendency to educte is obvious sshe oints out the dierent techniques she uses toleverge the behviour o wter on vrious ers
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nd other “cnvses.” In generl, she reers theluinosity she cn chieve with the trnsrency o wtercolours, but is thoroughly knowledgeblebout other otions. She ints with crylics ndoils, but returns ost requently to her roots inEnglnd where wtercolour inting hs ourishedsince the 18
century.Born in Beconsield, Buckinghshire, notr ro London, Rosy is the dughter o twoeductors. Her other in rticulr encourgedcretive thinking, nd Rosy’s drwing kit wsher constnt conion s youngster. She re-ebers sending hours creting eticulously reresenttionl studies o lor nd un. A-ter coleting the oundtion yer o Diloin Art nd Design, Rosy studied Euroen Liter-ture t Wrwick University. Although she now recognizes tht she inherited the ilil tech-ing gene (her grndrents were lso techers),she decided to live in Indi or while instedo ebrking on teching creer. When shereturned to Englnd in her lte 20s to ut downroots, she chose creer in grhic design; herclients included ny lrge hrceuticlconies.Ronce in the or o Cndin service-n brought Soerville to Cnd in 1996, ndthe coule re now hily situted in lovely hoe t the edge o Cr where her husbnd Incn hotogrh birds (nd blck ber!) ro thebck tio.Rosy’s wtercolour eihny occurred in 1999 when she took wtercolour course. “Soething bout the wy the int oves onthe er, the trnslucency, the innite ossibilities o so ny tech-niques nd cheicl interctions, the whole rocess o exloring y subject — when I’ inting, I orget the outside world entirely. Ittkes e to y eceul lce where I’ coletely hy.”By 2005 she begn showing her work t venues like the OttwArt Festivl nd the uli Festivl. A riend sw her work nd intro-duced her to the Arts Director t the Visul Arts Centre in Orlens,where she lived t the tie. Tey told her she should be teching,nd she continued to tech wtercolour rt t the OSA (Ot-tw School o Art) Shenkn Centre in Orlens until lst yer. Now she teches t the Neen Cretive Arts Centre ndoers both beginner nd interedite courses ro her hoestudio in Cr.When I sked her wht she thought ws the ost iortntthing she could tech her rt students, Soerville resonded,“to connect with nd exress their inner joy through this ver-stile ediu.” Tis sounds like course worth tking. Ac-cording to recent rticle t <slte.co>, leontologists ndreserchers in neuroesthetics tend to link the develoento odern hun cognition to the origin o our bility to ex-ress ourselves s rtists nd historins through cve inting,scultures nd other rehistoric rt. Reresenting the world insybols y hve herlded the beginnings o lnguge. Rosy hs n innte bility nd dee urge to exress hersel throughher rt, nd to shre her git or doing so with others.
Red Trillium Studio Tour
Since 2005 Rosy Soerville hs hd ny solo shows, wonwrds, nd rticited in juried shows like CentreointeTetre City Gllery,
with Arts Ottw Est, theOSA nnul Instructors’ Exhibitions, the West Crleton Arts Society Fll Show & Sle, nd the Glebe Fine Art Show.On Noveber 24 nd 25, Rosy’s studio t 175 Chrlie’s Lne inCr is Sto 3 o the Red rilliu Fll Studio our, where she willlso host hotogrher Mrio Cerroni nd jeweller Pel Sherrer.Te website t <redtrilliust.co> rovides detils. Fro Dece-ber 4 to 30 Rosy’s works will be on disly t the Cube Gllery’s show titled
Great Big Smalls VIII
, t 1285 Wellington West in Ottw. De-tils will be vilble t <cubegllery.c>, or by honing 728–2111.o enquire bout wtercolour rt instruction, contct Rosy vi<rosysoerville.co> or by hone t 839–1918. Te otentil ordiscovering your own rtistic essence exists.
by Sally Hansen