Rosalie Waranius Vass grew up in a small town nestled in the scenic Kettle Moraine Area of Wisconsin. She attended a private high school and college to study art and art education. She taught art in public and private schools for fourteen years, painting the entire time, even while raising her family. Later she transitioned to a successful full-time painting career.
Although talented in many medias, Waranius Vass is most well known for her use of transparent watercolor in a non-traditional layered method. In 1987, she developed a distinctive technique that produces stunningly rich color thus enhancing her dynamic compositions. An overlay of scribble with prismacolor pencil creates additional texture and movement in her paintings.
Waranius Vass does not work from photos nor does she sketch the composition that she will be painting onto the paper. She is a firm believer in direct painting and allows the images to emerge from her mind, imagination and memories. She often has a title in mind for the piece before she even begins working.
Waranius Vass draws from the model weekly. Many of these figures find their way into her paintings not as portraits, but as one of her motifs. She is also fascinated by the antics of cows, sheep, horses, cats, dogs and other animals and often includes them in her works.
Rosalie Waranius Vass’ work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. She has earned signature membership in the National Watercolor Society. Her works have been exhibited in many museums and galleries, in group and one person shows, throughout the United States. Recently two of Waranius Vass’ paintings were chosen from a field of more than 3800 submissions from around the world to be included in the International Biennial Show at the Shenzhen Museum in China. Both paintings were then chosen to be exhibited in a five-museum tour in China for one year.
Waranius Vass has been hired to complete many commission pieces during her career. They can be found in a number of public buildings including the Jesse Besser Art Museum, Balzekas Museum, Delnor Community Hospital, Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital, Kane County Courthouse, Shorr Paper Products, Whirlpool Corporation, the St. Charles Library, etc. and many private office and home collections. Waranius Vass was also the featured artist for the Batavia Arts Festival and St. Charles Art and Music Festival. A complete CV can be supplied upon request.