Rosemary Wessel is a mixed-media painter as well as professional graphic artist and photographer, located in Cummington, Massachusetts on the edge of the Berkshires. An avid gardener, she is also often found painting outdoors in the spring, summer and fall. During the winter, she works in her small in-home studio and plans concepts for new series of work through extensive sketching.
Growing up in Brattleboro, Vermont, she began pursuing her multiple interests in fine art, photography, animation and graphic design for publishing during her high school years. Continuing interest led to a B.A. in Fine Art from Castleton State College and M.S. in Design from the University of Massachusetts as well as over 18 years in the graphic design and advertising industry. In 1998 through 2002, Rosemary studied clinical hypnosis and Reiki, obtaining Reiki Master/Teacher level and trained students in the practice of the Japanese tradition or Usui Reiki.
She now continues work in tutoring and freelance graphic design and photography through her Three Salamanders Design Studio and continues to create and exhibit new work.
My work about universal energy. It's the basic, pervading background energy that permeates all of existence. It flows through and emanates from everything and everyone. It's been described by most cultures throughout the world, whether it's called Prana, Chi, Manna, Tumho, Holy Spirit or Universal Healing Energy. My work shows people's reactions to tapping into this energy - how they react, what they do with it, sometimes the contrasting state of being cut off from it.
I use plaster casts of people - life size and accurately proportioned, to represent the physical state of being, but show it immersed in textures and colors of energy that permeates everyone and everything.