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Neuilly sur Seine (92), France
Jacqueline Rosedalen was born with a brush in her hand, or a pencil, in 1962. As a child, she exasperated nannies, neighbours and family members - because she needed paint, colour and brushes. She used walls, furniture, even clothes: everything was her canvas!
"My earliest memories are of a neighbour who taught me how to draw a staircase, I couldn't do it properly and I got angry. I must have been two or three years old, I was insistent and stubborn, I painted and drew what I could and made sculptures out of mud or flour.
My parents often scolded me for painting on walls, furniture destroyed by colour. Finally, my father decided to help me - he started inviting private art teachers to teach me art. Some of them I didn't like, some were amateurs, but some were professionals, maestros with lessons that I still remember today."
In 1973, Jacqueline Rosedalen entered the Orenburg Children's Art School. She graduated four years later. Afterwards, she went into sculpture, live drawing and painting.
"I loved everything except composition - I enjoyed the study of composition, but I hated having to find subjects in my imagination. I needed a natural study, I needed to draw from life.
I wrote in gouache more than watercolour, I liked charcoal more than pencil. I was never satisfied with my work, I was always pushed to draw better, to correct, to improve. I drew and painted quickly; I woke up during the nights to paint."
Jacqueline Rosedalen paints and draws live, mainly portraits and models. Her god is Rembrandt, her mentor is Antonio Manchini, Louis Bourgeois is her muse. Isabella Blow is her virtual sister.
The artist paints in oil. The brush is for her the main instrument for expressing a momentary emotion. She is always looking for a vigorous brush, to capture the moment of expression and drama. Her technique is a mixture of classical, academic art and the expression of her inner world - a cocktail of feelings to bring out on the canvas.
In 1978, Jacqueline Rosedalen entered the Orenburg Academy of Fine Arts, where she graduated in 1982. Her professors were mainly from the prestigious Mukhina Higher School of Art and Industry, now known as the Stieglitz Academy of Art and Industry in St. Petersburg.
"My hometown, Orenburg, seemed too small for me - I dreamed of going to Mukhina, so I applied and entered in 1983.
I graduated with honors. And then followed years of home life, immigration, family, children. From time to time I taught art classes in Sweden. Sweden was small, and my wings were big - I felt suffocated.
In 1999, my family and I moved to New York. After many years there, with my children in college, I joined the Art Student League for New York, where I attended a painting program. Painting, composition, sculpture, under the wonderful tutelage of artists and teachers such as Terence Coyle, Mary Beth McKenzie...
I now live in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, and I frequently return to New York for workshops or free classes, especially the nude sessions."
Jacqueline Rosedalen has had exhibitions and sales in Sweden, the Netherlands and New York.