For Rosalie Sidoti, the NAA holds a very special place in her heart as it was the first gallery she showed her work publicly. The opportunity to be on display without a jury was a segue into launching her career today. “I am forever grateful for that opportunity as it gave me the confidence to push myself into the very difficult and competitive professional space. I always encourage my students to take the leap of faith and join NAA to begin their own journey.”
In our interview, Rosalie also told me about her thirty-seven years working as a high school art teacher. She explained to me how she found it to be a rewarding and energizing experience. She told me that it could only be karma that allowed all thirty-seven years to be filled with wondrous students who appreciated and needed her as much as she did them. When asked if there were any interesting stories she could tell me, she paused and then told me the story of an Italian boy named Sardi Pronja. When Sardi came into her class with his hands in his pockets speaking only Italian Rosalie was not daunted. Rosalie knew barely any of the language herself, but she managed to show him the art supplies and set him up to paint. After a while, she came over to his table where Sardi hadn't even opened his paint. She asked him why. He simply replied by pulling his hands out of his pockets revealing that he only had one hand. The other had been blown off when he was a young boy. Instead of giving up on Sardi she helped him. By simply putting the paints on the palette for him, Rosalie enabled Sardi to use his left hand to paint masterpieces she said he painted as well as Da Vinci. With Rosalie, Sardie went on to win an award in the Scholastic Art Awards, and was featured on Fox news.
The NAA enjoys Rosalie many talents not only as a participating artist, but also as a sought after instructor – she teaches various levels of oil painting and recently joined the small group of instructors who assisted the NAA with the launching of its Veterans art education program. With so many years of teaching under her belt, I had to ask for her advice for student artists, “Always have a backup plan!”. Rosalie always knew she wanted to be a professional artist, but when that aspiration didn’t pan out right away, she had to have a foundation for something else. She mentioned that your backup plan should parallel the dream, as she did by teaching art. She also told me that she is happy that her road to becoming a painter had some twists and turns. She was glad that she had time to mature and become more confident in herself and her artwork before becoming a professional artist. Of course, her educational credentials are also impressive. She holds both BFA and MA degrees. She has studied at Mass Art, UMass, American University, and continued post graduate work at the Ruskin School of Fine Art and Oxford University England.
Rosalie has become an accomplished artist, currently showing at The Bristol Museum of Art (Bristol, RI), Charles Fine Art (Gloucester, MA), Granite Shore Gallery (Rockport, MA), Rockport Art Association (Rockport, MA), and Art3 Gallery (Manchester, NH). She is also going to be participating in a show at the Copley Society of Boston opening January 11th. Rosalie was recently accepted into the prestigious Copley Society of Art. “It's a great honor”, Rosalie said. Be sure to check out her pieces “Sun Reflection” and “Evening Salt Marsh” which portray her distinct artistic style and view of the world around her.
“The medium I enjoy working in is oil on linen or canvas. I do landscape, still life, and figure work and my style is best described as romantic, contemporary impressionism. I have a home studio in Ipswich, MA.”
Please join Rosalie for her workshop, ‘Taking the Mystery out of Color Mixing’, coming to the NAA on February 24th from 9am- 2:30pm. You can also participate in her ongoing painting classes at NAA as available. Looking for more information on the special NAA artists? Make sure to check out Rosalie’s website for more of her paintings and where to find her art! www.rosalisidoti.com
An interview with NAA Artist Member Rosalie Sidoti by Isabella Nadeau