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Conversations with Rose Cofield

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rose Cofield.

Hi Rose, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
For me, art has been a life-long adventure. My passion for exploring the possibilities of form and shape has been my prime motivation throughout my journey.

Challenging myself with different materials has taught me to bend to the inherent attributes as well as the limitations of my chosen medium.

Originally studying Sculpture at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture in Princeton, NJ, I have transitioned from 3D to 2D work. Currently working in Mixed Media, and abstract, I enjoy the immediacy of the medium.

I work on wood panels since my process sometimes involves sanding and using tools that slightly carve the surface. I enjoy using color without reference to the color wheel. My fascination with architecture is evident in some of my current pieces. Born in Brooklyn, NY, I credit some of my images to that early urban environment.

I studied art at New York University and The Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture. I have conducted workshops in schools and arts organizations through the South Carolina Arts Commission’s “Artist in Education” program. I am a member of the Association of Women Artists, New York, and South Carolina Chapters.

My work can be seen at LaPetite Gallerie, Bluffton, SC.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
My reason for transitioning from 3D to 2D work was due to a back injury. I knew I would not be able to do the physical work involved in producing sculpture.

I was always interested in color, something I wasn’t able to do in my marble carvings. I decided then that I would try my hand at painting. I could work on panel pieces that didn’t require equipment for lifting. It wasn’t necessary to wear protective gear when working, it was quite liberating!

I learned early on that none of my pieces were precious which gave me the freedom to discard and start again. When I start a piece, I have no idea where the materials will take me. It develops as layers, adding, subtracting, and adding again.

What fun!!

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Some of my work reflects my love of architecture.

Others show my fascination with combining colors you might not use together but somehow work well. As an abstract/mixed media painter my goal is to produce original work which is authentic and true to my aesthetic.

Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I think as artists we must remain true to ourselves.

Find our voice through our art which requires hard work in our studios. Not to be swayed by the latest fad in art.

Only through hard work and discipline can we reach the core and spark that helps us continue on our journey. The viewing public realizes and appreciates artwork that shows an important idea or feeling that has been successfully executed by the artist.

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