Rosanne Barr’s works, predominantly oil paintings, are means to examine and capture a sense of place; it’s mood, emotion, and colours. These places exist partly in her imagination but are founded in her experiences of the Atlantic seaboard of Northwest Scotland and the island of Orkney, off the Northeast coast:
‘I know the west coast and Orkney (where my parents live) well. I tend to use physical reference as a starting point but then I close my eyes and try to paint my memories of the scene, using a scene to inform, but not dictate my painting.’
Barr’s distinctive abstract style is that of heightened colours; those of sunrise and sunset, amidst calm and storm. Simplified shape and blending lines are the basis of her work, which remains distinctly Scottish in evoking memories of landscapes she knows and loves.
Graduating in 2003 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, she exhibited in London at the British Design Centre and at The Mall Galleries where she was awarded a Licentiate of Distinction by the Society of Designer Craftsmen. Barr was shortlisted for the Barclays TSB Jolomo Award and her work has been selected for the Annual Exhibitions of the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts and Paisley Art Institute.
Rosanne exhibits widely across the UK with paintings in private collections around the world. Painting full-time, she now lives in Milngavie. Her garden studio lies close to Allander Water, the gateway to the West Highland Way and the Scottish Highlands.