- Animal Pawtraits
Roz’s creative talents are remarkable and she achieves wonderful results in a variety of media and subjects , as can be seen on her online gallery . Her portraiture , whilst true to life is also FULL of life , capturing the spirit and personality of her human and animal subjects . Her creativity shines through in her imaginative approach to communicating the uniqueness of each individual . Her ink and pencil Heritage Landscapes of her home county of Durham , documenting local history, people and landmarks , are mesmerising in their composition and hidden details .I can gaze into her Her Sense of Place - Ushaw Rabbit picture for hours ! I can vouch for the superb quality of her Giclee prints which are very reasonably priced and arrive in pristine condition.
I first met Roz through the practice of Qigong, I had no idea at that time she was also an artist. When I found this out I checked out her website to browse her work. This coincided with my husband’s up and coming birthday. I spotted the perfect gift which was quite symbolic to him and it now resides in our home. We have added a number of Roz’s pieces since then. There is something about the depth of feel in each piece that I cannot describe, each a little different, but I know they have brought a little bit of magic to our home.
The Canadian pianist, Glenn Gould, has been one of my heroes since I was a teenager. And his playing of the music of Bach has had a profound influence on my life. I have all of his recordings, all the books about him; and all the photographs. But since he died in 1982, the chance of discovering anything ”new” was slim. And then I had the idea of approaching Roz to see if somehow she could re-imagine him, see him through her “2020 eyes”, and create a painting for our age. This was going to be quite a challenge. Firstly, the subject was dead. Plus, Roz didn’t know much, if anything, about Glenn Gould. But she knew how important he was to me. And so she set about her research – examining endless photos of him, reading detailed accounts of his life, watching documentaries about him, and of course listening to him play Bach, in particular, The Goldberg Variations. The result? The painting has him seated at the piano, staring into the middle distance, as if contemplating the fragments of music that surround him, like clouds in a clear sky. It was once said by a critic that Glenn Gould was “not of this world”. Somehow, Roz has managed to catch and portray this other-worldliness. She’s captured his essence.