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Student Perspectives: Rosie Lopeman (Certificate 2016)

Rosie Lopeman, third year Certificate student, shares with us her Studio School experience.

Rosie in the North Green Room Studio

Before coming to the studio school, I had been out of college for some years, working in New York and painting independently in my apartment. At the time, I knew one person who I could really talk about painting with and that was Joe Santore– a great artist, teacher and friend. I had been slowly painting myself into a wonderfully repetitive rut, making the same picture over and over again alone in my home studio. After hearing about the Studio School from Joe, I decided to take an intensive summer course here.

Working larger and more physically than I ever had before, I felt so focused, challenged and ambitious. As we worked on our final drawings in that first marathon with Graham, I remember telling myself: “Don’t forget this moment. If you ever doubt yourself, remember that you have the potential for this clarity and creativity.” After that summer course I enrolled as a full time certificate student. I am now in my third and final year here.

Rosie Lopeman, Purse, 14″ x 11″ oil on wooden panel 2014-15
Rosie Lopeman, A Part from Love, 72″ x 60″ oil and oil stick on canvas, 2014
Rosie’s palette

Any day of the week, if you come into the building, you will learn something. Everyone here is engaged with their work, experimenting, and pretty much always willing to have a dialogue about it. There is a groundedness to the people I meet here. I think this is because of the school’s emphasis on making as a way of thinking, and working in the studio through trial and error. Students and faculty appreciate the difficulties of making art, and the time it takes. Because of the dedicated community, the studio school has been the perfect place to develop my vision and grow as an artist.

I am very thankful for my time here. These years have prepared me for a lifelong engagement with painting. It has been and still is an adventure.

Rosie Lopeman, Hot Nights, 15″ x 15″ oil on canvas, 2014-15
Rosie Lopeman, Real World, 12″ x 9″ oil on wooden panel 2015
Rosie Lopeman in the North Green Room Studio

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