It’s amazing – the power of a parent’s encouragement.
When I was six years old, I handed my mother a drawing I had just finished of a Coke bottle.
We were at the bowling alley, where she and my father were in the middle of league play.
She seemed so astounded by the little pencil drawing, showing it to all her friends and going on
and on about it. That little drawing and her reaction to it were the catalysts launching me into
my lifelong passion... art.
My subject matter of choice has always been the the simplicity and conversely, the complexity
of nature. The trees, earth, sky, rain, etc... this place we call earth has always had me transfixed.
I work primarily in watercolor because of its spontaneity and fluidity. The medium has almost a
mind of its own and forces me, a former illustrator and art director, to focus my attention on the
essence of the details, rather than on the literal details of what I see and love in nature. Those
details that so many people don’t take the time to consider... the magnificent striations of the
tiniest pebbles or the way shells crumble under the weight of the surf.
Nature is so full of inspiration... from the large to the miniscule. The challenge is not only taking
the time to notice, but translating that inspiration. This is the focus of my work - to capture and translate the essence of what I see in nature. Translating this essence commands capturing an image, or it can free me to pursue the abstract.
Abstract expressionism is a newfound passion for me. It has enabled me to unlock the “chains” of my former profession, and has led me to reveal a more interpretive view. It allows tremendous artistic freedom and the absolute joy that comes with that! My technique for these works is similar to the watercolor techniques I love and have worked with for so many years, but I’ve also discovered a similar spontaneity and fluidity working with acrylics. I have never been more filled with joy than when I’m painting these pieces. I hope that joy shines through in the work.
Rosemary Craig has been a student of art, and in particular the visual arts, virtually all her life.
Having practiced and studied it as much as was allowed during her Catholic schooling, Rose
continued her studies at Iowa State University College of Design in Ames, Mount Mercy College
and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, as well as numerous workshops and classes. Working
with and studying under accomplished artists like Bob Naujoks, John Beckelman,
Jo Myers Walker, Joe Messner, Dick Grodt, and many more.
Rose began her professional life at 17, working as an intern to Betty Spaight in the Graphics
Department of the Cedar Rapids School Board. She continued her career as an Art Director in
the advertising industry, working for (among others) CMF&Z Advertising, a Young &
In 2000, Rose’s desire to return to her fine art and her passion for flora, compelled her to open
a local gallery called Rosebud Gallery & Gardens, featuring the work of local and regional artists.
Though the gallery closed after 1 1/2 years, Rose’s focus on her fine art was undeterred and the
process of building a current body of work was underway.
She has recently begun to show her work at various venues and teaching in the Cedar Rapids
area again, after returning from Spokane, Washington. This time in the Pacific Northwest fed her spirit and has become the fodder for many of her most recent paintings.
Several of her watercolors have found their way into another medium - textiles. Rosewood Organics is the brand that Frond Design Studios presents in 100% cotton fabric lending a truly unique experience for the collector. Rarely do fans or collectors get to purchase fabric from an artist and transform it into their own art. Her paintings, fabrics and modern quilt designs can be purchased at Delve MIY, the Frond Showroom in Cedar Rapids or at www.delvemiy.com.