Rose L. Williams

Applied Art and Design: ,

Grounded in my own wellness journey, the alchemy of my nature centered healing Art will transform your homes into healing sanctuaries.

My earliest memory is of my Science Teacher Dad pricking my finger, smearing the blood on a glass slide and lifting me up to look at it moving through the lens of a microscope. The second is of us dissecting a frog my brother and I had caught together at age 3 and I became hooked on the study of natural science/flora and fauna and chemistry early on.

I  borrowed the family camera at age 11 to go wandering through my Montreal neighborhood trying to capture the feeling the Fall colours on the trees gave me and at age 16, I won an art competition for the school board logo and

the Fine Arts award upon graduation. Photography and drawing have been the foundation of my creative pursuits along with a love for Printmaking developed during Art school days.

When I was a sick kid, I felt the need to paint my dreams and I would wake at night to pull the dresser from the wall and paint upon the side just to slide it back in before anyone awoke. Painting my emotions out became a refuge and

I studied Expressive Arts Therapy as a way to enable myself to help others find a sanctuary through creative activity too.

I continue to explore my environment, wandering through the neighborhood taking photos of whatever strikes my eye. As I do so, I also collect the fallen leaves and Lichens from the surrounding flora to transform into my artistic medium in Botanical printing. My work combines this tradition of Guy Debord’s Derive and psychogeography and Edmund Husserl’s concept of  phenomenology into my own unique take on our relationship with environment, creativity and human healing.

Visual Artist & Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, I critically investigate interstices between creative activity, trauma, transformation and aesthetics. My paintings and photographs raise awareness around Wellness, Allopathic & Natural Medicine and the health of the Environment. Grounded in a 40 year career in Photography, I incorporate Botanical and Eco Printing, Natural Dyes and recycled textiles into my Mixed Media Paintings, Collages, Prints and Custom Fashion design. My current subject matter embraces images of the natural world; trees, water, birds, fish and leaves; the healing qualities that are embodied within; the extinctions they face and their symbolic associations with humanity. Projects incorporating Biophilia, Phenomenology, and Environmental activism keeps my artwork relevant and representative of a 21st Century artist’s perspective.

Rose is a Canada Council Creative Research Grant recipient, Graduate of Emily Carr University, Certified Expressive Arts Therapist, member of Kickstart – Society for Disability Arts & Culture Vancouver and the Art Society of Trinidad & Tobago.




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About Kickstart Disability Arts

Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture is a Vancouver based arts non-profit that supports and promotes artists who identify as living with disabilities.