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  • “Primavera”Primavera

    76" x 123" acrylic on unstretched canvas, with grommets. option to stretch. 2015

  • “Flicker”Flicker

    12" x 16" acrylic on wood, 2015

  • “Flutter”Flutter

    12" x 16" acrylic on wood, 2015

  • “Fracture”Fracture

    12.5" x 14" (framed) 5.5" x 7.5" (image) acrylic on paper 2015

  • “Spring Rhythms, #1”Spring Rhythms, #1

    14" x 20" (framed) 7.5" x 13" (image size) acrylic on watercolor paper 2015

  • “Northern Pin Oak (graphite)”Northern Pin Oak (graphite)

    120" x 39" graphite on archival Tyvek 2016

  • “Ginko in memory of M”Ginko in memory of M

    120" x 39" graphite on archival Tyvek 2016

  • “American Chestnut”American Chestnut

    120" x 39" graphite on archival Tyvek 2016 on pvc rod, scroll can be rolled to accommodate various ceiling heights

  • “Resilience 2”Resilience 2

    48" x 12" acrylic on birch panel

  • “Resilience 1”Resilience 1

    48" x 12" acrylic on birch panel

  • “Continuum 5”Continuum 5

    Acrylic on oval birch plwood, 10" x 14" Acrylic paint and medium with a textured surface and subtle colors scumbled and layered on oval panels. The paintings project out from the wall appearing to float. The ovals work well as individual pieces but can also be arranged in groups. Please see additional photograph showing grouped installation. The theme of these pieces is metaphoric. Falling rain, rippling the surface of ponds, creates patterns that remind me of waterâs important role in sustaining life, and also how our own actions and words expand out into the world. I am particularly interested in the first moments when the droplets interrupt the calm surface.

  • “Continuum 4”Continuum 4

    Acrylic on oval birch plwood, 10" x 14" Acrylic paint and medium with a textured surface and subtle colors scumbled and layered on oval panels. The paintings project out from the wall appearing to float. The ovals work well as individual pieces but can also be arranged in groups. Please see additional photograph showing grouped installation. The theme of these pieces is metaphoric. Falling rain, rippling the surface of ponds, creates patterns that remind me of waterâs important role in sustaining life, and also how our own actions and words expand out into the world. I am particularly interested in the first moments when the droplets interrupt the calm surface.

  • “Continuum 3”Continuum 3

    Acrylic on oval birch plwood, 10" x 14" Acrylic paint and medium with a textured surface and subtle colors scumbled and layered on oval panels. The paintings project out from the wall appearing to float. The ovals work well as individual pieces but can also be arranged in groups. Please see additional photograph showing grouped installation. The theme of these pieces is metaphoric. Falling rain, rippling the surface of ponds, creates patterns that remind me of waterâs important role in sustaining life, and also how our own actions and words expand out into the world. I am particularly interested in the first moments when the droplets interrupt the calm surface.

  • “Continuum 2”Continuum 2

    Acrylic on oval birch plwood, 10" x 14" Acrylic paint and medium with a textured surface and subtle colors scumbled and layered on oval panels. The paintings project out from the wall appearing to float. The ovals work well as individual pieces but can also be arranged in groups. Please see additional photograph showing grouped installation. The theme of these pieces is metaphoric. Falling rain, rippling the surface of ponds, creates patterns that remind me of waterâs important role in sustaining life, and also how our own actions and words expand out into the world. I am particularly interested in the first moments when the droplets interrupt the calm surface.

  • “Continuum 1”Continuum 1

    Acrylic on oval birch plwood, 10" x 14" Acrylic paint and medium with a textured surface and subtle colors scumbled and layered on oval panels. The paintings project out from the wall appearing to float. The ovals work well as individual pieces but can also be arranged in groups. Please see additional photograph showing grouped installation. The theme of these pieces is metaphoric. Falling rain, rippling the surface of ponds, creates patterns that remind me of waterâs important role in sustaining life, and also how our own actions and words expand out into the world. I am particularly interested in the first moments when the droplets interrupt the calm surface.

  • “Harmony”Harmony

    28" x 44" acrylic on gessoed watercolor paper ©2012

  • “Kamakura Reverie”Kamakura Reverie

    24" x 48" acrylic on birch panel, ©2013

  • “Majesty”Majesty

    24" x 48" acrylic on birch panel, ©2013

  • “Moss Line, Swamps Edge”Moss Line, Swamps Edge

    48" x 12" acrylic on birch panel, ©2013

  • “Revelation”Revelation

    acrylic on 140# gessoed watercolor paper, 30" x 45" ©2013

  • “Oracle”Oracle

    29.5" x 45" (h x w) acrylic on gessoed paper, ©2012

  • “Catspaw”Catspaw

    16â x 28â acrylic on birch panel ©2010

  • “Lichen Encrusted White Pine (sold)”Lichen Encrusted White Pine (sold)

    48â x 12â acrylic on birch panel ©2010 (private collection in Milwaukee)

Katherine Steichen Rosing

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In addition to maintaining an active exhibition career, Katherine has taught studio art courses at colleges and universities for 20 years in Madison and Chicago. Currently she teaches College Transfer Art courses at Madison College . Born and raised in Appleton, she earned undergraduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Colorado-Denver, and an MFA in Painting and Drawing from Northern Illinois University in 1992. Her work is represented by Gallery Marzen in Madison, www.gallerymarzen.com. More work may be seen at her website: www.studioksr.com.

Rosing's work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States and abroad, including: Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Tokyo, and Beijing. She has been active in the arts communities where she has lived, including Denver, Chicago, and Madison. In Chicago, she served on the board of A.R.C. Gallery & Educational Foundation in Chicago as Exhibition Curator and Vice-President. As a delegate to the NGO Forum of the Fourth UN Conference on Women held in China in 1995, Rosing spoke on an international panel of artists discussing galleries and art organizations run by women artists.


artist statement

My twin obsessions are forests and water. I am intrigued by the rhythmic patterns of tree trunks, the quiet spaces in between, and the unique shape and bark texture of individual trees. Trees are silent, steady watchers, sending roots in search of water and expiring oxygen, while life around them moves and changes. Falling rain, rippling the surface of ponds, creates patterns that not only remind me of water’s important role in sustaining life, but also how our own actions and words expand out into the world. I crave the peace and solitude that I find in nature -- interludes amidst the cacophony of modern life. In my paintings, I strive to conjure the mystery, saturated calm and deep reflection I experience when hiking through forests, and gazing into lakes and ponds.

My paintings spring from accumulated memories of forests and lakes. I work on the edge of abstraction working to pare an image to its essence like a meditation. I am driven by texture, color, and negative space. My painting process usually begins with the creation of a relief surface, using acrylic gel mediums to form a textured foundation on birch panel, suggesting bark texture or ripples on water. This initial texture is followed by many layers of paint to form subtle relationships between texture, color and light.

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