“Art has been a thread throughout my life. It has spiraled through many forms and brought me in touch with many crafts, people, and places.”
Jeanne Bouza Rose
I have been inspired by the colours, structures, standing stones, and life of Orkney for over thirty years. Using watercolour, oil paint, and oil sticks, I render landscapes and sky onto canvas, paper and lampshades in my Stromness studio/gallery. My oil paintings range from grandly large to small and intimate. My room-size works are done on unstretched canvas that is either bolted to a wall or hung so they move like a banner. Because size matters, these are often reproduced and reduced in size, using high quality pigment giclee printing techniques onto paper or stretched canvas in small limited editions. Sometimes I even use lampshades as a canvas and paint various landscapes or designs on them, bringing art into any home under a brighter light!
I began painting Orkney inspired landscapes 5 years after my first visit in 1984 during my year of teaching in Paisley, Scotland. Years later I learned the Provincetown Print method which became a link between my life as an artist and my life in two countries. I learned this uniquely North American printmaking, from Pia Oste-Alexander at the Woodstock School of Art. I began to teach it in 2005, when I started a summer travel art workshop venture called ORKNEY ART ADVENTURES: A Cultural Immersion and Art Workshop. Orkney was threading through my life.
In 2010, I returned to Orkney for my first full-time winter and stayed six months at the late artist Sylvia Wishart’s home and studio. With the support of a wonderful community, I have continued to live between two countries and more and more in Stromness, Orkney.
I have been a steady volunteer at the Ness of Brodgar excavation ( https://nessofbrodgar.co.uk ) donating my artwork and painting as an artist in residence ( https://www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/product/homage-print/ ), had working studio/shops on the main street in Stromness and now am opening up my new studio space while I choose the nice days of weather to paint in the plein air fashion. Art contines to wind its way into my life and happily, I find my art in collections around the world.
What People Say
Jeanne, you are the best: knowledgeable, patient, and kind while offering constructive criticism. I have been ’white-lining’ every since our return from Orkney and I am someone who had never picked up a paint brush before. !
Mary — Scotland
You are one of the most inspiring people I have met in the last decade! Your art is like a warm fire in the dark of winter. And look what I found in a house in Budapest. It is one of your paintings! He was super appreciative of your work, just as I am.
George — Kenya
Orkney proved to be a very special place, welcoming, peaceful and comfortable. I can now journey back there in my mind whenever things here get out of hand. I truly felt like I had always been there.
Marty — United States