Ann Rosa, canada

     Inside the PONDeROSA Gallery in Stouffville, Ontario

     Inside the PONDeROSA Gallery in Stouffville, Ontario

     Ann in her studio painting away at PONDeROSA

     Ann in her studio painting away at PONDeROSA

     Enjoying the beautiful scenery on a beautiful afternoon

    Enjoying the beautiful scenery on a beautiful afternoon

     Venetian Dreams 1 - Ann Rosa (Polymer clay, acrylic paint, gold leaf and rhinestones)

     Venetian Dreams 1 - Ann Rosa (Polymer clay, acrylic paint, gold leaf and rhinestones)

      Reality Check - Ann Rosa (Polymer clay and acrylic paint)

      Reality Check - Ann Rosa (Polymer clay and acrylic paint)

Ann Rosa lives at the beautiful and serene PONDeROSA in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada where she finds her inspiration to create her art. The PONDeROSA Art Gallery was born in 2013.

Ann moved to her current location in 2010 and promptly named it the PONDeROSA due to the large pond and well, her last name is Rosa!! Her home is complete with a beautiful gallery and attached artist studio space. Ann was raised not too far away in Thornhill, Ontario. Ann studied Journalism, Photo‐Journalism and Art History at Centennial College and as well at The University of North Florida. After school was finished, Ann switched gears and played professional golf in the U.S.

Her art career started only after she returned home, she was married and while her daughters were young. Ann is a self‐taught artist who has attended numerous art courses and workshops. In 1999 Ann decided to take the leap and began working full‐time as an artist. Over the last 15+ years Ann has been involved in many group artist art shows and has exhibited in dozens of solo shows and group shows in the GTA.

Some past gallerys include Galerie Christin in Toronto, Select Art Gallery in Newmarket and Nash Fine Art in Fenelon Falls to name a few.

As a self‐taught artist, Ann believes that this has enabled her to create and play as she pleases. No rules, no rights, no wrongs and no limits for her passion and joy. Subsequently because she allows herself freedom with her art, she creates a very diverse scope of work both in subject matter and media. She paints in watercolour, acrylic and encaustic and also creates wall sculptures.

The inspiration and starting point for one of my watercolour series “Uncle Jack’s Suitcase” was the inheritance of my great‐uncle’s suitcase full of old family black and white photographs. I didn’t know who most of the people were but I knew I needed to paint them so I gave them the breath of life with my brush, gave them a story and a kind of immortality behind the glass. I tried to capture a feeling and hoped to spark within the viewer a memory of time or place or person, a nostalgia.

Encaustic painting is a recent addition to my art repertoire. Encaustic is painting with melted beeswax that has been tinted with oil paint. Working with encaustic is just like play‐time for me. I love the fact that I’m never sure what will happen next – between the application, melting, scraping, layering and building‐up. It is a very tactile and satisfying medium for me. The direction of a work is never a clear path so it’s very exciting to enter into unknown territory and to submit and/or conquer!

My wall sculptures are the most time consuming but probably the artwork that gives me the most satisfaction when finally complete. I use a polymer clay that is a fairly light material which can be hung on the wall just as a painting is. The inspiration for my sculpture tend to come to me from my dreams and these characters insist that I create them. Some have taken up to a year to complete because I sculpt in pieces and then assemble and affix them to the wooden support much like you might a 3D jigsaw puzzle. The finish I’ll use on each piece will become apparent to me as the work progresses. I might use a special bronze or copper paint that makes the sculpture look as if it is cast metal or perhaps an acrylic paint or gold leaf.

- Ann Rosa, Artist.