Rose Waterson is a Fine Artist currently finishing her MA in Brighton. Her work is portrait based and heavily influenced by the make up of families, groups of people and their relationships between each other. Her focus is on memories and the places and images that trigger them. Rose’s MA exhibition is in July where you will see some of the pieces below.
“My work is based around looking at the dynamics between people, especially family, and trying to visually demonstrate connections between them. Memories, images and nostalgia can remind us so vividly of a certain person, and something seemingly mundane can tug back on those emotional strings that relate us to another.
Working mainly through drawing, photography and projection, I like to think my work has simplicity in its form, but ambiguity in its meaning.”
Rose uses a variety of mediums but keeps her drawings simple, allowing them to speak for themselves without over complicating them. This is refreshing and gives them a raw quality that so many artists loose in their aim for photorealistic perfection. Rose’s work has character. She does not airbrush or attempt to rub out the wrinkles and flaws in the faces of her subjects but instead embraces them.
Her shading is kept neat, as she uses techniques such as cross hatching and pressure to create different strokes, which make up the light and dark in her portraits.
Her Paintings also have a lovely simplicity but attention to detail. She has used yellows and blues in her skin tones, which give the portraits an almost sepia toned light to them.
We love the work that Rose has produced and as portrait artists ourselves we can truly understand the hard work that has gone into these pieces. We wish Rose all the best with her MA exhibition and hope to see more of her work in the future.
Emilie & Jen