firstname.lastname@example.org www.rosetanner.com www.laquintagalleryoffineart.com
Rose Tanner has always loved art and drawing. Following high school, she went to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and then began working for a publishing house as a typesetter and layout artist. Eventually, Rose owned retail stores and a farming operation, but it was always the creative side of the business that she enjoyed most. When she sold her business in 2009, she decided to go back to her first love and began taking courses (online) at the Academy of Art University again. It was 29 years later and she had come full circle. Rose had the good fortune of painting and studying with Daniel Keys. "Daniel has incredible skill and has taught me a great deal on traditional oil painting. I like to paint outdoors as much as possible to keep my eyes fresh. Birds give me a reason to spend time in nature. Marshes, rookeries, lakes, jungles and migrations, these are the places I find inspiration and endless subject matter. Being in nature and watching birds in the wild is my favourite pastime. If you watch closely enough you can see birds dance, sing and express true joy." Rose uses a long lens and good camera
equipment to capture these moments, and then spends hours sorting through the images looking for the magic and a way to express her inspiration in a painting. She likes to take a contemporary approach to the composition by getting in close to show the emotion of a bird. "I’ll never forget my first adventure, to see a mass of birds in the chaos of a rookery above an alligator breeding marsh. So busy nesting, hatching, feeding and avoiding the alligators, the birds hardly notice you’re there. They were large wading birds like heron, egrets and storks. I couldn’t believe how gangly, hungry and vulnerable the babies were, and then watching the mothers trying to keep up the feeding. It left quite an impression on me and I knew I had to see more." Among her many adventures, Rose Tanner has watched the sunrise over the marshes in the Bosque del Apache, New Mexico with thousands of sandhill cranes. She has witnessed the colourful fallout of the songbird migration in Galveston, Texas, and spotted the endangered black-fronted piping guan in the jungle of Argentina. "But some of my fondest memories are right in my own backyard where the robins eat the berries and collect worms for their young, or on a small boat with my husband at a nearby lake watching and listening for the call of the loon. These are truly special moments in life."
above, Just Fledged, oil on linen, 24" x 30" right top, The Calling, oil on linen, 11" x 14" right bottom-left, Baltimore Oriole, oil on linen, 11" x 14" right bottom-right, Long Migration, oil on linen, 8" x 10"
left top, Angry Bird, oil on linen, 8" x 10" left bottom, Spirit of The Alberta Birds of Prey, oil on linen, 16" x 20" above, The Offering, oil on linen, 16" x 20"