Rose L. Williams Portrait
I inspire the human spirit to sustain & expand our instinctive connection to nature's healing energy through visual Art, Ecoprint workshops and Expressive Arts therapy

Rose provides artwork, education and inspiration in order to heal the human spirit and our connection to Nature through the expression of creative activity.

Grounded in my own wellness journey, the alchemy of my nature centered healing Art will transform your homes into healing sanctuaries. 

 

My earliest memory is of my Science Teacher Dad pricking my finger, smearing the blood on a glass slide and lifting me up to look at the cells moving through the lens of a microscope. The second is of him showing us how to dissect a frog my brother and I had caught together at age 3 and I became hooked on the study of natural science and chemistry early on.

 

I borrowed the family camera at age 11 to go wandering through my Montreal neighbourhood trying to capture the feeling the Fall colours on the trees gave me. At age 16, I won an art competition for the new school board logo and earned the Fine Arts award upon graduation. Photography and drawing have always been the foundation of my creative pursuits along with a love for Printmaking that developed during my time studying under Mircho & Janina Jakobow at the University of the Fraser Valley. 

 

When I was a sick kid, I felt compelled to paint my dreams and I would wake at night to pull the dresser from the wall and paint upon the side just to slide it back before anyone awoke. Painting my emotions out became a refuge and I eventually studied Expressive Arts Therapy as a way to enable myself to help others find a sanctuary through creative activity as well.

 

I continue to explore my environment, wandering through the neighbourhood taking photos of whatever strikes my eye. As I do so, I also collect the fallen leaves and lichens from the surrounding flora to transform their chemistry into the artistic medium of Botanical mono-printing. My work combines the tradition of Guy Debord’s Derive, Psychogeography and Edmund Husserl’s concept of Phenomenology into my own unique take on our relationship with environment, creativity and human healing.

 

Visual Artist & Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, Rose critically investigate interstices between creative activity, trauma, transformation and aesthetics. Her paintings and photographs raise awareness around Wellness, Allopathic & Natural Medicine and the health of the Environment. Grounded in a 40 year career in photography, Rose combines Botanical mono-printing, natural dyes and recycled textiles into mixed media paintings, collages & commissions. Recent subject matter embraces images of the natural world; trees, water, birds, fish, animals and leaves, the healing qualities that they embody, the extinctions they face and their symbolic associations with humanity. Projects incorporating Biophilia, Phenomenology, and Environmental Conservation are representative of this artist’s perspective. 

 

Rose is a Canada Council Creative Research Grant recipient, Graduate of Emily Carr University, Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, member of Kickstart - Society for Disability Arts & Culture Vancouver and the Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago. 

Eastside Culture Crawl Crow image with botanical art by Rose L. Williams Arts

Parker Street Studios

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Rose L. Professional studio has been established at 1000 Parker Street Studios since 2000. Her association with the creative activities in the famous building began in 1985 working with colleagues at Wizard Graphics and Peter Gorman Studios. She has been an active participant in the yearly open studio Art Festival organized by the Eastside Culture Crawl from it's early inception as a simple artist's cooperative venture. We welcome thousands of visitors to tour our studios and meet the artists.

Lotus Flower

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Rose began her visual arts career studying Photography in 1979 when darkroom technology was still a requirement. Commercial line cameras, photography studio management, location shooting, developing and printing analog film and customer service were fundamental to her professional development. Technological innovation has transformed the Photo industry and Rose continues to shoot Digital format. Photo sharing sites encourage creative community building.

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Living the Coastal Dream
Kickstart Disability Arts Society

Rose is an active member of Kickstart Disability Arts & Culture, a non-profit arts and advocacy organization aimed at promoting the creative output of artists that self identify with a physical or developmental disability. Rose is a veteran and survivor of Severe Stage IV Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis and over 20 abdominal surgeries herself and acts as a peer mentor and advocate within the Endo community.

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green bird in bushes

VIDA.com Custom Slow-Fashion & Accesories 

Sustainable and Environmentally responsible practices are the fundamental backbone of Rose L. Williams Arts philosophy. Selected paintings and photographs from Rose's collection are mindfully translated to high quality, custom created fashion, accessories and housewares. VIDA partners with fair trade, locally sustainable producers, supports worker's rights and education and maintain an environmentally soft footprint while successfully keeping high quality as their signature.