Arts & Culture / Mosaic / October 2, 2019

Landscape painter describes summer experience

Louise Rossiter describes her summer at Mount Gretna School of Art. (Rob Ngyuen/TKS)

Studio art major Louise Rossiter, senior, spent part of her summer painting the nature of rural Pennsylvania at the Mount Gretna School of Art.

“Basically, we were there to just do a lot of landscape painting, like 24/7,” Rossiter said.

Through the seven week intensive course, Rossiter learned certain landscape painting techniques. One of these focused on looking for the warms and cools of a setting and painting very saturated colors corresponding to them.

“We would just look at something and just call it blue, green, orange, or red. Sort of relying on the colors of the rainbow and lay that down first … then go back and add greens and browns, the actual colors you see,” She said.

Rossiter grew up around art and attributes her family, especially her grandmother who was a watercolor painter, as having a significant influence on her interest in art since she was young.

“My mom and dad always encouraged me to do what I loved, and I felt like this was it. I was taking art classes when I was young, lots of ceramics and dinky craft classes and stuff like that,” Rossiter said.

She plans on continuing landscape painting at Knox while the weather remains fair, but wants to incorporate human figures as a part of the landscapes she paints.

“I had this idea towards the end of the program that I wanted to incorporate figures into the landscape, but figures becoming the landscape and not necessarily figures that I’m looking at while they are in the landscape. Sort of then things that come out of my head,” She said.

Rossiter doesn’t want to become a professional artist at this time in her life, as she finds the professional art gallery scene too elitist and exclusive, so she is looking into internships in art therapy as a step after graduation.

“Art therapy is basically like music therapy in that you’ve got a licensed therapist who specifically wants their clients to express their emotional wellbeing and emotional mind through making art and sort of work out whatever they need to through making art because it’s really powerful,” Rossiter said.

Dmitri Chambers, Co-Mosaic Editor
Co-Mosaic Editor

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