Do you become an artist or are you born an artist?
RoseAnn Janzen was born in a small town in northern Alberta, Canada. She was always either reading or making something. One Christmas she received a paint by number Mona Lisa and fell in love with oil paint. After high school she took one semester of commercial art and became discouraged when instructors claimed that one could not make a living as an artist. Then next 14 years were spent successfully in the financial and retail sectors but all the while pursuing creative endeavors. Finally she decided to move into creativity full time. Working with metal as an artist blacksmith eventually lead her to a design class and then into the full art program at the University of Alberta Extension. RoseAnn now works full time as a painter and business and creativity coach in her studio on a beautiful acreage near Edmonton.
She never lost her initial love of paint, pots of paint, cans, tubes, any paint, and especially loves mixing colors, and is constantly amazed at what can be done with it. A youth spent largely outdoors inspired a love of nature that clearly informs all of her work. Diego Velasques, David Milne, Tony Shermann, Salvadore Dali, Leonardo deVinci, and Julian Forrest are strong influences in her art life and remind her that everyone is unique and there are unlimited ways of perceiving and portraying the world.
There is a degree of intensity in her paintings that was developed early on in her art career. Her love of her subject matter, nature, whether it be shown as realistic or abstract, is apparent.
One thing is for certain, RoseAnn will always be creating.