Rosemary Ward is a native Californian born in Hollywood, CA, and raised in the North Coast wine country. The natural beauty of Sonoma County, San Francisco Bay Area, and the Russian River valley have embedded images that remain close to her heart and palette.
She is an Associate Member of Oil Painters of America, and has studied with Maury Lapp, Roger Barr, and Michael Loffredo. After a career as counselor and college instructor, she has turned her full-time attention to the subject of nature and the landscape, whether real or brought forth from imagination. Mountain ridges, the Pacific ocean, rolling vineyards, and redwood groves are easily found in this spectacular region which naturalist Luther Burbank called, "The chosen spot on earth." Living in this part of the world serves as everyday inspiration.
Although she works primarily with oil, Rosemary enjoys mixed media and encaustic.
Her work is influenced by the early California landscape painters, especially those drawn to Northern California such as Anna Althea Hills, Percy Gray, and Giuseppe Cadenasso. She has been painting for thirty years with exhibitions in San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Oregon, and New Zealand.