A master plein air painter, Rosalie Nadeau's representational paintings are influenced by both Realist and Impressionist traditions. She balances powerful use of color with her classical understanding of form. A popular instructor versatile in both pastel and oil, she shares her enthusiasm conducting intensive on-location workshops as well as in the studio to focus on light on the still life and the figure. Her inspired teaching emphasizes light's luminous quality.
Considering painting an ongoing study, Rosalie participates in master workshops often. She attended the Plein Air Painters of America symposium in 2003 and 2004, painting with George Strickland, John Budicin, Ralph Oberg, Skip Whitcomb, Ken Backhaus, Ned Meuller and Lynn Gertenbach. She has studied with Sally Strand, Ken Auster, Don Demers, Joseph McGurl, David Lussier, Lois Griffel, Albert Handell, and Charles Sovek. At the Maryland Institute, College of Art Rosalie earned her BFA in painting in 1970.
Nadeau earned signature memberships in the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod. She has won awards at PSA's national annual Pastels Only Exhibitions and she wins awards consistently at the PPSCC's national Pastels Only on Cape Cod exhibitions at the Creative Arts Center and at the Cahoon Museum of American Art, where she holds memberships as well as with the following: Cape Cod Museum of Art, the Connecticut, North Florida and Maryland Pastel Societies, and the Cape Cod and Provincetown Art Associations. She paints on retreat and exhibits with 21 in Truro and the Cape Cod Plein Air Painters.
Rosalie Nadeau's vibrant paintings illustrate the internationally distributed art books: The Pastel Artist's Bible by Claire Waite Brown, Painting the Impressionist Landscape by Lois Griffel, Pastel School by Hazel Harrison, The Pastel Painter's Solution Book by David Cuthbert, and her painting, "Thursday's Lilies" is the cover art for Painting Shapes and Edges by Hazel Harrison. She has appeared in numerous regional and local magazine publications and in feature articles in American Artist, October 1992 and in Cape Cod Life 1994, 1996, April 2003, and in an extensive feature article in June 2001 and most recently in another extensive feature article in The Pastel Journal in February 2007.
Her work appears in corporate collections: F. Schumacher in New York, the main offices of Hale and Dorr, Liberty Mutual International, and Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. The Cape Cod Museum of Art selected her pastel painting for their permanent collection. Currently Nadeau exhibits at Left Bank Gallery of Wellfleet, Arlene Hecht's Gallery 333 of North Falmouth, Wynne/Falconer Gallery of Chatham, My Sisters Gallery of Sandwich, and Orlean's restaurant, Abba, on Cape Cod, and off Cape at Beauregard Fine Art in Rumson, NJ and Oceanside Studio & Gallery in Hull, MA. Nadeau's paintings are collected privately nationwide and abroad. She and her husband live in Orleans, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
Painting connects me intimately with nature. I delight in portraying her brilliant intensity in the pure pigment of pastel and oil. As light colors life, I am inspired to paint...to create PRESENCE, a tactile feeling, the sense of specific time and space where Light is the subject.