I am an urban dweller who seeks out nature in my surroundings. My paintings—realistic in style, mixed in media—grow out of my life-long practice of journal keeping. I work as a graphic designer, illustrator, and book artist. I teach classes in bookbinding and journaling at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, as well as a variety of other art related classes at different locations. Please check the "classes" category in the category cloud in the left column. (My website RozWorks.com also contains class information—however it is currently being moved. July 6, 2010)
I do a lot of experimentation with art materials and paper. It's how I work as an artist. It informs how I teach.
I purchase the materials that I experiment with and am not affiliated with any art materials company. I do not make any income from the sales of any art products I discuss.
My loyalty is to my work and how I can change it, improve it, and attain the goals I've set for making the type of art I want to make.
My process is also focused on discovering and reporting accurate information for my students, and updating that information when I'm made aware of newer information.
On the rare occasion I am given art materials to test I make a full disclosure, but I am still going to say exactly what I found in my testing and experiments.
All artists work differently. I try to point out as many aspects of a product I'm testing as I can. What I find unsuitable in workability in a product, for instance, may be just the working property for another artist's working method.
I want to encourage people to experiment and find what works for them and their unique artistic viewpoint.
I am a life-long journal keeper and it is my goal to encourage others to observe and record the world around them.
graphic design, book making, artist books, visual journaling, journaling, writing, movies, television, Alaskan Malamutes, jewelry making, beading, cycling, nature, birds