Rosanne Barr graduated in 2003 with a First Class Bdes Hons from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Later that year she exhibited in London at the British Design Centre. Then at The Mall Galleries where she was awarded a Licentiate of Distinction by the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
Rosanne Barr began work on abstract landscape painting in 2005. Her work featured at the Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie, The Green Gallery, Aberfoyle and a solo show, entitled Lands of Escape at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama. In March 2007, on a world excursion, she experienced the evocative sights of Thailand, Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. On her return to Scotland she left employment with Perth Education Authority to concentrate full-time on an artistic career.
In March 2008 her first major solo show Lands of Home and Venture at The Green Gallery was a sell-out. …… “bold brushed landscapes, deftly mixing realism, impressionism, and a dash of the Colourists. Always inspired by Scotland’s landscapes”. [The Herald 8.03.08]
The 2009 Barclays TSB Jolomo Foundation brought wider attention, as Rosanne was short-listed for the final exhibition from an entry of eighty.
Rosanne Barr also gains much inspiration from regular visits to the Orkney Isles, where her family now have a second home. A result of many days spent gazing at the ever changing skies and pottering round the little ports can be seen in her recent work as well as a shift to a more abstract style.
She says: “I paint instinctively, inspired by shifting skies or a distant light or colour on the horizon. I paint with large brushes, swiftly, creating a sense of movement in each painting. Applying the paint directly onto the canvas lets me keep the paint looking fresh and the colours vivid. I often build up layers to create interesting textures and depth. With Scotland as my inspiration I can never grow tired of the desire to paint.”