About Me

Who am I?

“Artist, Printmaker, Scribbler, Ageing-headbanger, Feminist, Activist, Mad- cat-woman, Cake-maker, Accidental-archaeologist, Mud-wrangler, Wild ,Welsh and Opinionated“.

I work directly from life, carrying a sketchbook at all times looking for any opportunity to have a scribble.

I work on the streets, in public, bringing the practice of art directly to people who may never have been into a gallery or seen art being created.

up a ladder
I WORK BIG – in a shop window

I work with homeless people, substance-dependant people and those excluded from / by society.

I work from my studio in Swansea, Wales, UK where I live with my partner and Sparta Puss the cat.

I have exhibited in various traditional galleries, online galleries, in print, nationally and internationally, and on television.

Plebeian Printmakers 2
I work small – with the Plebeian Printmakers on the streets

I have carried out artists residencies in the USA and Pakistan as well as Wales.

Rose and recent monotypes
With my exhibition at The Satrang Gallery in Pakistan

I have a Masters in Adult Education from University of Wales, Swansea; a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education; and a Diploma in Art from Swansea Art College.

 

MY BLOG

I blog an artwork a day, mostly drawings but sometimes work in progress and printmaking. I have thousands of drawings in sketchbooks; it’s hard to exhibit sketches in galleries and yet lots of people like to see drawings, so a blog seems like a good idea. It also motivates me to keep trying to draw every day – it’s easy to let life get in the way of drawing.

 

TO OWN MY ARTWORK

If you want to see what else I’m doing, you can join me on Facebook or Twitter.  You can buy my art by visiting my Artfinder or Galleries pages. I also have quite a few, mercifully short, arty videos on YouTube.

I hope you enjoy my work 🙂

Rose Davies 1

96 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Rose, thank you for looking at my art almost every time I post. Only one other person ever lets me know she is there! Funny how much it means. I appreciate it. When the wind shifts, I am going to own one of your monument drawings. We are the same generation, I think, though I never banged a head in my life, on purpose anyway!

    1. Hahahaha I keep falling over now when I bang my head 😁 Thank you too, it’s funny how there are so many more people who read a blog than comment on it.

  2. Great sketches. Id love to try life modelling where are you based? Let me know if you need a model to practice drawing.
    Regards Dave

    1. Thank you. I go to a regular life drawing group at Swansea Print Workshop. Lots of UK cities have life drawing groups and art colleges need models too. Good luck.

  3. Hi, Rose! Just dropped by to say thanks for the like. Then I noticed that your blog is all about your art — and it’s just too awesome! You go, girl! 🙂

  4. You had me at “aging headbanger” lol. Love your art. You are so talented it makes me a bit jealous. Going to spend some time today going through your older posts to see more 🙂

    From,
    Someone who can’t even draw a stick-figure and have it look right

  5. Love your illustrations, When I found your website I thought you were definitely Singaporean….becoz here everybody adds “lah” at the end of all sentences. 🙂 🙂 Prasna

    1. Thank you. That’s so interesting. Young people over here make the sound ‘ah’ at the end of words ending in ‘er’. I did it as a bit of a joke and it stuck 😊

  6. Hi, I wandered through WP recommendations and found this blog. Just wanted to say I love your sketches, doodles, artwork. Its very brave of you to sketch in public – I can’t even bear to bring out my sketchbook in public ha! Anyway, going to follow you. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Claradoodles. I have seen photos of me sketching in public and my concentration look makes me look really fierce so that might be why no one bothers me 😁

  7. I’ve enjoyed looking at your work, especially your sketches. I work mainly in three dimensions and feel very limited in my drawing ability so I admire artists who do it on a daily basis. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  8. Wow , I love your illustrations, the line quality you possess, especially in pen and ink pieces. I saw a show of Degenerate Art in 1988 in Chicago at the Chicago Institute of the Arts. So seeing your was doubly pleasurable. Thank you and keep posting drawings. Just love them!

  9. Rosie, I *truly* love your work! Now I know artists generally hate comparisons but I’m going to make a couple anyway and I hope you’ll take them as the compliment they are meant to be… I’ve been trying to figure out why I find you’re art so compelling, there is a familiarity in your figure drawing that I couldn’t put my finger on and I realized your avatar reminded me a bit of Klimt but not quite, a little more raw and powerful and then it clicked- Egon Schiele! You’re work reminds me of his work, the raw beauty and power of the human body and face. Not polished and pretty but glorious in all it’s flaws, all it’s “realness”. You paint with an unflinching eye and it’s gorgeous! I love your line, your colour, texture and choice of subjects. Your way of seeing is so raw and honest. It’s powerful.

    That’s my opinion anyway. Hope it doesn’t offend as I really admire your work. I never went to art school, don’t understand art speak, but those are my unsolicited thoughts. Hope you don’t mind me sharing them with you : )

    1. Thank you so much. I am very flattered as Schiele is my favourite artist. People sometimes ask if I’m influenced by him. Well, to tell the truth, I didn’t discover Schiele until I was around 40. I had been working in this style since my teens so when I saw Schiele for the first time, I was overwhelmed to have found a kindred spirit.

  10. Rose
    I wondered whether you ever teach or lead workshops in the UK. interested by reading posts by others on your USA trip.
    Cheers
    Neil

    1. Hi, I do run workshops and courses in the UK. I’m running the monotype course at Swansea Print Workshop at the end of May, just a one-day course, and I run courses through our local university too. 🙂

  11. Hi Rosie. Like your site, like your work, like your approach. Following. Check out my site – mainly photography but I have sketches on there too, if you look hard enough. Best wishes, V.

  12. Hi Rosie,

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog – I have just been reading some of the comments here and our journeys are also fairly similar – having worked at several different paying jobs and now working as full-time artists. Luckily for me I don’t need to return to the workforce. I have really only started drawing in the last 18 months and can’t get enough of it – love – love – love. We have a life drawing group here on the sunny coast once a week and I am only starting to gain a bit of confidence in recent months. You have a wonderful blog and I really enjoy looking at your ‘scribbles’. I haven’t found any info on how the exhibition went? or is it still coming up? best wishes veronica

    1. Hi Veronica, thanks for your lovely comments. I have a couple of group exhibitions coming up in February. I love finally working as an artist, it’s brilliant to be able to do it.

      Rose 🙂

  13. Hi Rosie
    Thanks for calling on my blog, mostly because it led me back here. I realise I must have been briefly before as I’ve “liked” a post already. Now I had time to look properly. I admire your work and versatility in style and technique. I’m interested in your journey, you outlined it to someone else above. Having had another career you are trying t make it as an artist. I wish you well. My story similar but at an earlier point.
    Bw
    Neil

    1. Thank you Drew – I tried doing that with mine but it didn’t work. I’ll have to give it another go. I get very confused with all the widgets 🙂

  14. Rosie, I just found your blog and really like your work! Love the scribbles, I find too often that I get caught up in getting things perfect and lose the action of the drawing but you capture that a lot. Nicely done! You sure have collected quite the following as well 🙂

  15. Hi Rosie,

    I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award – which you’ve already been nominated for before. I love your daily sketches (wish I could keep up with you) and your printmaking.

    You probably already know all this but I’ll post it anyway…

    To accept the award you must make a post including the following information:

    Nominate 15 fellow bloggers
    Inform said bloggers about their nominations
    Share 7 random things about yourself
    Thank the blogger who nominated you
    Put the Versatile Blogger Award picture in your post (this can be found on my blog or at http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/)

    Regards,
    Elaine

  16. Rosie, thanks for “liking” my blog…yours is quite entertaining and I hope you never lose your penchant for doing exactly as you please with your art. We do art because it makes us happy, not because we subscribe to somebody else’s set of rules. Enjoy!

  17. Are you a full-time artist? Do you do this as your sole career?
    (Cartooning/illustrating is my hobby, for now, though I would love to just draw for my daily bread.)

    1. Hi nelemon, I’m full-time but it’s taken me decades to get here and I only became full-time six months ago. It’s a huge gamble and what I’m doing at the moment is building a body of work I’m happy with to take to galleries to try and get some interest. I trained in Art College at the end of the ’70’s but went in a different career direction [one that paid] in the mid-80’s, but kept art going as a hobby. I gave up my successful business in May to see if I can make it as an artist – now or never! I’ve put aside some money to sypport this for a couple of years, but I have to make it before the money runs out or else, back to my other career. Good luck with your illustrations 🙂

  18. No better way to show your work than by blogging. Glad I found you. I’ve got two blogs that feature my drawings: Hansi’s Hallucinations which is a lot of bullshit narrative with drawings/illustrations to match; and The Blithering Idiot which is mostly drawings and sketches with little to no narrative. just a place to slap up whatever I’ve done lately. Keep it up Rosie!

  19. You should exhibit, I always find the sketches of artists and designers far more interesting than finished paintings or pieces. Often the texture of the pen or pencil onto the substrait is lovely too.

    Tell that to the Arts Council, get some cash off them for an exhibition!

    1. Thank you. I’m working with a group of scribblers adn printmakers to try and get drawing / sketchbook exhibitions going in the new year. The Arts Council have been approached – fingers crossed 🙂

  20. Hi Scribblah
    I love Pitt Pens too, I’ve just got a pack of 6 Jumbo in tones of grey. You’ve inspired me to go night drawing after seeing your Pooped in NYC. Cheers Sue

  21. Scribblah

    I really enjoy your blog. I am a fellow blogger and sketch advocate, I will be checking in on your drawings and studio “to do’s” keep up the great work.

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