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Drawn to the Clouds by Rosemary Conroy

This Too Shall PassDrawn to the Clouds by Rosemary Conroy opened June 15 through September 8, 2012.

Conroy’s path in life has been somewhat off-beat in nature. She only came to art after two previous (and quite) successful careers — the first being an explainer of computers to stockbrokers and the second being a promoter of land conservation to the good people of New Hampshire. She was inspired to fulfill her life-long dream of painting full-time after watching her former office building collapse on 9/11.

Largely self-taught, Rosemary has enjoyed ever-increasing success as an artist with exhibits, awards, publications and grants on both the regional and national level including Bennington Center for the Art, VT, The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA and the Currier Museum, Manchester, NH. She lives in Weare, NH, teaches in New Hampshire and hosts an open studio each fall.

Artist Statement - Rosemary Conroy

I can honestly say that birds have changed my life. If I hadn’t come upon a group of bird-watchersForever and a Day (American Kestrel in Prospect Park back in the mid-1980s, I’d probably still be living in New York City, working for a large corporation, and wondering what could have been… Luckily, my initial fascination with those colorful creatures grew into an obsession with all wild creatures that led me down a long and winding path to my life now as an artist living very happily in rural New England. I often seek to express my amazement for and love of birds through my art.

This current series is based on the individual hawks and owls who live at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) in Quechee, VT. My nickname for the series has been “raptors in rehab,” since all of these birds ended up at this wildlife rehabilitation center due to some injury that makes them unable to survive in the wild. I wanted to honor their sacrifice and commemorate their new role as ambassadors for their species. Because they are on public exhibit, these individual birds have taught countless school children and other visitors to VINS about their species. I hope the biggest lesson drawn is one about their beauty and dignity in the face of their misfortune, and of course about the impacts — both bad and good — that humans have had on their lives.

Nearer the Sun in the DayI visit them a couple of times a year to sketch, photograph, and study them up-close. I’m always struck by how much they continually watch the sky which makes me a little sad. So I’ve tried to convey my gratitude through this series and also to portray their essential wildness which obviously can never be diminished.

Please note that I will donate a percentage of sales from this show to VINS.

Visit my website at www.studiobuteo.com to see more examples of my work and to sign up for my mailing list.

This Too Shall Pass (upper right)
by Rosemary Conroy , mixed media
Forever and a Day, (middle right)
by Rosemary Conroy, acrylic
Nearer to the Sun in the Day, (lower left)
by Rosemary Conroy, acrylic