Rose Irelan is an award-winning artist who loves to portray the wonder of life in her work, currently residing in the beauty of San Diego’s coast, desert, and mountains. Her Contemporary Impressionist Style captures nature’s rich and rugged displays of light with her in-depth understanding of color expressed through her energetic brushwork. “I want my paintings to convey the emotion that you experience from the terrain, the sea, and the wind.”
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art from the Columbus College of Art and Design. After a 20-year career as a graphic designer/ illustrator, Rose found her initial love of painting again and followed her passion to paint full-time.
She studied at Watts Atelier and has studied with many other great painters including Daniel Pinkham who was her first plein air painting teacher. With a passion for teaching, Rose has taught art, drawing and painting for the past 20 years.
Recently Rose received First Place for the 2022 Oil Painters of America all-member Exhibit. Rose also has received several other notable awards for National Juried Exhibits including the Seascape Award of Excellence at the Oil Painters of America, Western Regional Show, 2021, Plein Air Salon’s “Best Water” painting, and “Best Oil “.
Rose paints outdoors en plein air and creates larger studio paintings from her experiences and color notations from nature. She also paints portraits and figurative paintings, not limiting what inspires or moves her as an artist.