5 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT BILLIE ROSENBERGER:
- Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Billie’s artworks are greatly influenced by the lush native woodlands she calls home.
- Most of her work is based on favorite hikes in the Shenandoah Valley.
- From start to finish, some of Billie’s large paintings can take up to 10 hours to complete.
- Has discovered that spending time in the forest is good for your health. After reading The Hidden Life of Trees, she learned that trees emit anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents.
- Believes that painting is “...not just for people that have great talent. If you want to paint then you will, it’s not off-limits to anyone.”
The peaceful hum of a forest, and light shining through canopies, this is what artist Billie Rosenberger aims to capture. Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Billie spent most of her life surrounded by the lush native woodlands, which has greatly influenced her work. Artistically inclined since day one, she recalls associating different colors with each number and letter in the alphabet, and throughout her life has continued to experiment with media from watercolor and oil.
For Billie, inspiration blooms when walking among the trees. “First I have to see something I love, which is normally in nature. It has to have a lot of color and contrast.” While her first endeavors in painting began with old mills and florals, everything clicked once she shifted her focus to the trees which she loves. “Trees are just like big flowers to me. Most of my trees are based on places I’ve hiked nearby.” From start to finish, some of Billie’s large paintings can take up to 10 hours to complete. The creative process begins with photographs from her favorite hikes, then she will start sketching and then put brush to canvas. “My goal is to keep painting so I can get looser brushstrokes.”
Billie even discovered that spending time under the canopies is good for your health. After reading The Hidden Life of Trees, she learned that trees emit anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. It’s no wonder she says, “I feel joy in the woods. For me, the woods are very therapeutic.”
Through her artistic evolution, Billie has discovered the joy painting brings and believes that “it’s not just for people that have great talent. If you want to paint then you will, it’s not off-limits to anyone.”
Having grown up in the woods, Billie Rosenberger is inspired and enchanted with the quiet and slower pace of nature and all the colors, textures and smells. Clean air. Restfulness. She conveys her delight with vibrant, bold colors as well at portraying soft atmospheric environments. She paints her favorite scenes of trees, forests, land and waterscapes. Each painting has multiple layers to convey the aliveness she sees and feels.
She spent her life in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, playing in the woods as a child, walking in the woods as an adult. She feels fortunate to have had a wide variety of art teachers: local artists as well as well-known artists. All with different voices, conveying the same principles of painting.
Her art organizations include Crossroads Art Center, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Virginia Watercolor Society and Arts Counsel of the Valley and has won awards at Fall Foliage Festival in Waynesboro, VA, Art in the Park in Staunton VA and The Art League, Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, VA.
It is her hope to share her love of nature and color and to encourage others to pursue art. As her teacher Ray Yoder would say: TALENT = TIME + DESIRE. In other words, if you really want to learn to paint (desire), then put in the time to practice.
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