We have interesting new paintings from Claudette Lee-Roseland on display and for sale in our lobby at Washington House Inn! Loving puzzles and mysteries, she creates paintings that provide the viewer an opportunity to interpret the work with their own meaning. She creates interesting “layers of thought” with each application of paint, working back and forth between transparent and opaque colors, adding lines here and there that disappear and reappear between shapes, creating mystery between what you see and what you don’t see under the paint. Investigation, experimentation and color provide the fun for her with her work. During the summer, she works in Plein Air-outside to capture the light as it moves across the Wisconsin landscape. She is a three-time prize winner in the Cedarburg Plein Air Painting Competition.
More of her paintings can be seen at www.leeroseland.fineartstudioonline.com, www.claudetteleeroseland.com.
Claudette began her artistic life with drawing lessons from a local painter before she went to kindergarten. Her interest in art was fueled early on with trips to the Chicago Art Institute and paintings hung in her home which she attempted to copy as a child. Art awards in grade school and high school followed. In college, she studied with Lester Schwartz, a well respected Wisconsin artist of the time. Following graduation, she became an educator who added artistic events into her social studies curriculum whenever possible while pursuing painting on a personal level.
Her artistic life soared after taking a job with a local art materials store where she developed an art educational program that related to the products sold in the store. As instructor of the classes, she broadened her knowledge of materials and how to use them to create. During this time, she maintained a studio in the “Pittsburg Building”-now known as the Arts Building in downtown Milwaukee. Participating in the annual Studio Crawl, many of her paintings found homes. At this time, she developed a line of painted tiles that were sold at the Milwaukee Art Museum and numerous retail locations around the country. Today, these are sold out of her studio in Cedarburg.
Over the years, she has participated in art fairs, one-man shows and group shows. Her work has not gone unnoticed. She is a Prize Winner with over ten paintings in the Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company collection, the Serigraph collection, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company collection and numerous other companies and private collections. Claudette has given back to the arts community by serving on the Boards of Wisconsin Visual Artists, Wisconsin Designer Craft Council and Cedarburg Artists’ Guild. She is a Signature Member of the International Acrylic Painters Association, Wisconsin Visual Artists and an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America and the International Encaustic Association.