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Today’s guest is Rosemary Leach, a painter in Almonte, Ontario. Since I live nearer to Rosemary than Jolie or Sara, I drove to her studio and interviewed her among the colourful canvases and clinking lunch dishes of her children in the other room. Rosemary struck me as such a grounded and happy artist. I hope you enjoy meeting her as much as I did.
If you’re in the Ottawa area, Rosemary has a show opening in Almonte on Thursday, April 21 from 6 – 9 pm at the Village Idiot Gallery. Go and have a chat with her yourself!
A video tour of Rosemary’s studio and her daily schedule[audio:http://gresik.ca/interviews/RosemaryLeach.mp3]
Rosemary and I talk about:
0:40 ~ How getting into the studio is a necessity for her
5:20 ~ Her journey from unhappy school teacher to full-time painter
8:00 ~ Working methods and domestic themes in her pieces
10:25 ~ The intersection between art and travel
12:55 ~ Thoughts on motherhood and children as teachers
19:35 ~ Owning her identity as an artist
23:00 ~ The one thing that separates the wheat from the chaff in the art world