About the Artist

Printing my artwork on clothing.
Demonstrating the Orkney Woodcut for the Inverness Art Society
The second exhibition of the large Hoy painting was at the Orkney Science Festival!

“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.

An Orkney Arts Adventure in Woodwick House, Evie

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

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Jeanne Bouza Rose The view from my studio Lesser Holm
The view from my studio in Stromness, Orkney