As an Artist, I’ve been creating, I believe, ever since I was two or three when my mother gave me magazines to tear up. Of course she would have said that I was creating a mess! I have sketch books from when I was 10 or so – drawing was always my first passion. In third grade I had a teacher show us how to draw the head of Donald Duck and that was so cool – she also let another girl and I do a mural … I think that was my first big push into art. It always pleased my mother when I created. Whether it was a drawing, center piece for Thanksgiving or a dress. She was my biggest supporter and I definitely was a people pleaser.
Growing up I took any and all opportunities to create and fortunately there where opportunities available, but art took second place as a big part of growing up was our farm & being involved with 4H. When I went to college it was to go into agriculture – but as they say something happened on the way – I got married and became a mother and switched back to art. That was a good thing as my husband was in building construction and our average move time was 18 months. I managed during that time to continue taking classes wherever I could and finally got a BFA from the University of South Carolina.
Again life got in the way and I had to go to work when my husband and I split up. Fortunately, related to art, but commercial art. What was amazing – all the classes I’d taken and projects I’d done over the years helped me with projects that we were doing for the Oil Industry and then later at Kwick Kopy.
Life took another 180 degree turn, I married again and had another child – tragically my 2nd husband was killed and life turned upside down. I moved with my 2 year old back to be near my family. This was perhaps the time when I really got the best grasp of painting and it was the most productive period of my life. Of course this is also when I got involved with computers.
My original interest in computers was because I was intrigued with digital art. When I moved to Asheville I bought my second computer and started into business. For the past 20 years this is what has more or less consumed my life. My daughter and I went into business together at the beginning of the computer age – think web sites!
Previously, as an artist, I’ve been concerned about selling my work, but that was difficult. For one thing the best pieces were like my children and selling children was out of the question. We did do reproductions of my work as cards and small prints, but promoting that was another full time job. What was amazing was that years later my cousin in Florida got a card from a close friend that had a reproduction of one of my paintings, Biltmore Rose that was hanging on her wall – one that I had given to her! Ta-da small world.
That said – fast forward to the present ….
For years now my studio, the best one I’ve ever had with lovely northern light, has been gathering dust, paints have been drying out and overflow from other rooms have filled up the working space. After I lost my best friend a couple of years back, I realized, life was too short. So, I decided it was time clean out, dust off and reopen my studio – the only reason being to please myself. I get excited about creating works that are very personal to me. I can get lost in a work of that is going well.
So now … using the “computer skills” from the past few years – sharing what I have done in the past, present and also going into the future. I hope that something you see on my artist’s website will give you pleasure or perhaps inspire you.
Rosemarie Kordgien Robuck