“Essence” – a glimpse conveys a feeling, a meaning, a significance What is a glimpse, but a quick look, a suggestion of the essence. A grouping of birds, a flock, a colony, each with the qualities of the family of seagulls, each with substance, entity, attributes indispensable to the whole because of the “whatness” of … [Read more…]

“Holding Course”

“It’s Real Life All The Time” – an interview with Jeremiah Enna, Founder of The Culture House Conservatory of the Arts, Olathe, KS, reflecting on the painting entitled “Holding Course” Rosemary: This painting entitled “Holding Course” inspired me to interview you because for twenty-one years you have been “holding course” beautifully here at The Culture … [Read more…]


“Grace of a new day” – the artist interviews Melody McSparran, a long-time student and teacher of the Bible. Rosemary: This painting is called “Grace”, and I was so moved in our Genesis bible study when you were talking about the topic of grace. Melody: I think what I said was the act of creation … [Read more…]

“Consider a Masterpiece”

“CONSIDER A MASTERPIECE” – the artist interviews the subject of the painting, her son Patrick Begley, a Project Designer with Manica Architecture in KC, MO. Rosemary: Give me your thoughts, critique, impressions, reflections of the painting. Patrick: This is a special painting to me. It’s me in my youth, because I was 12 maybe at … [Read more…]


The ocean’s rhythm and might remain elusive and incalculable, but always awe-inspiring. Quiet swells can crest into thunderous waves that pummel the shore, then soften quickly and gently over the sand, smoothing out in many unknown directions and whispering sounds through foam and bubbles. The unpredictability of the waves beckon a boy at water’s edge … [Read more…]

“Overture” – Reflections by the artist

Two swans approaching the viewer on shore – is it a greeting? A prelude to introduction? An overture? One leads…the other follows at a distance, moving in the same path of ripples. The approach is smooth, but direct; gentle, but deliberate. How welcoming! How refreshing! How straightforward! A sense of respectability fills the air.   The … [Read more…]

Notice and Focus

“Notice and Focus” – An Interview with Sara Smith, Massage Therapist, reflecting on painting entitled “Occurrence”  Sara: Your waves are really crisp and clean, gentle and rolling, like you can almost hear the foam. The sand is inviting. I’m curious to know the time of day; it looks like noon. Rosemary: Yes, I love the … [Read more…]

“Love is Transformative”

One of the most poignant Disney songs, entitled “If I Can’t Love Her”, is a melody that many may have not yet heard because it was written by Alan Menken* and Tim Rice just for the Broadway stage production of “Beauty and the Beast”, and is not in the movie we have all seen. We … [Read more…]