Sumptuous new book by Bovey Tracey artist Rosie Sanders

Karen Chapman
Karen Chapman

Award-winning and hugely popular local artist Rosie Sanders is bringing out a sumptuous new book this month, titled ‘Rosie Sanders’ Roses: A celebration in botanical art’, which showcases the beauty of the rose in Rosie’s characteristically vivid and resplendent style.

Published by Batsford, Rosie Sanders’ Roses contains 44 watercolour portraits of roses with additional drawings and watercolour sketches made on site. Rosie often paints on an enlarged scale, which alongside her radiant colour palette makes her paintings instantly recognisable.

Technically masterful and emotionally expressive, these paintings seek to communicate the artist’s inner life, their titles evoking the passions of poetry and literature rather than the botanical identification of their subject.

The book is a revealing insight into the artist’s muse – a personal interpretation of the roses in her garden. It is accompanied by ‘secret letters’, which were written by her and describe observations, feelings and the character of the flowers and explain the creative and emotional
process Rosie went through to create each painting. These personal letters will be given unopened to the final recipient or buyer of the painting.

A follow-up to ‘Rosie Sanders’ Flowers’, another of several books that Rosie has authored, the new book features over 80 stunning paintings and sketches that are shown for the first time. The introduction is an extended essay on the resonance of the rose across the world – in our art, literature, poetry, folklore and gardens. The rose emblem is timeless and this book not only celebrates its beauty in art but also tells the story of the rose as one of nature’s most powerful motifs.

Rosie works from her home and studio in Bovey Tracey on Dartmoor, where she gives residential and non-residential botanical painting courses.She will be holding a solo exhibition at Jonathan Cooper Gallery in Chelsea between 26th September and 12th October 2019.

It will feature over twenty new paintings by this internationally collected artist, whose work has been awarded five Gold Medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Royal Academy miniature award.

Rosie’s work has been exhibited in the Park Walk Gallery since 2002 and the
Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens. It is also held in the collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.