Rosalie Osborne Gibb Art
art to soothe the soul and uplift the spirit
I was born and grew up in North Norfolk. I spent several years in London and Kent to satisfy the demands of my career as a fashion designer and writer. During this time I was busy exhibiting at major exhibitions in the UK and Europe. My designs have been used for catwalk fashion shows in Paris and Milan and featured in major fashion magazines. I regularly visited North Norfolk and returned to my roots in 2002.
Whilst in London and Kent (amongst other things!) I worked as Art Director for photo shoots, as an Interior Designer, having studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Regent Street, London, worked as Private Secretary to the Chief Accountant of Columbia Pictures, Admin for an F3 racing team at Brands Hatch, trained with the KFA as an adult keep fitter instructor, designed and carried out promotional work for the major yarn companies in the UK, Europe and Mexico, designed for most craft, knitting and machine knitting magazines, produced a knitting pattern book for a Mexican yarn company and conducted workshops on many creative crafts. During this time I also ran the North Foreland Lighthouse (automated but still operational) in Broadstairs as a Visitor Centre.
I turned my creativity to painting in October 2015. I have original artwork plus prints and greeting cards from my artwork in galleries and shops, with paintings finding their way around the UK, several European countries, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and America and in several private collections. One of my coastal paintings sold at an Exhibition at The Guildhall in London, the proceeds being donated to the British Red Cross. I am a member of the Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle.
My art very much reflects my love of the coast and countryside. I work mainly in watercolours, acrylics and soft pastels, and am constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques in order to improve and expand my skills and creativity, recently adding oils to the mediums I use. I conduct inspirational 'Creative Watercolours' workshops, recently tutoring for a John Lewis Partnership residential art week in Brownsea Castle on Brownsea Island. I also enjoy photography and my images often form the basis for my paintings, many of which have a story to tell.
I regularly exhibit in my local area, both solo exhibitions and as part of a group, including at the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Cley and Blickling Hall, Aylsham (National Trust), both in North Norfolk.
Voluntary work has always been part of my life and I am currently a Tour Guide and Trustee and Secretary of the Friends of Happisburgh Lighthouse, a House Ambassador and Story Finder for Blickling Hall, former Chairman of the World Lighthouse Society, conduct Home Check visits for a local animal rescue sanctuary (I have a rescue Beagle called Charlie) and carry out proofreading for various organisations. I have many interests outside art and lighthouses, including music and steam trains! Having volunteered at the Poppyline steam railway at Sheringham and worked as a volunteer fireman on the Bure Valley Railway at Aylsham. And I have my Certificate to say I can drive a steam train!!! I was one of the BBC WW2 Story Gatherers in 2005, editing accounts of war experiences from members of the public for the BBC website, commemorating 60 years since the end of WW2 and for the purposes of storing them for posterity, which resulted in producing a book of the life story of one of the veterans, Frederick Wright. I'm a member of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers and a member of Mensa.
Painting the shed as opposed to painting pictures, but still covered in paint!.
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