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Raven Life | Rosemary Dzus

Raven Life 

Rosemary Dzus

January and February 2022


Regardless of the speculations, ravens are fascinating creatures and have been appearing in mythology and folklore for centuries, including the indigenous cultures of Scandinavia, ancient Ireland, and Wales, North America, and Siberia. In many cultures, the common raven has been revered as a spiritual figure or godlike creature. In others, the raven has become a figure of doom.

Rosemary has been an admirer of ravens for a number of years and sees them as creatures of mystery rather than as harbingers of doom. They seem to be keen observers of their surroundings, and appear to know much more than they are able or willing to share. Her fascination with these birds has resulted in a series of larger-than-life-size acrylic paintings of ravens engaged in various activities and attitudes.

Territorial Raven
Territorial Raven, Rosemary Dzus, acrylic on mylar


Exhibition


About the Artist

Rosemary works in pencil, paint, pen, and ink. She has lived in a number of locations in Canada, including the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, greater Montréal (Deux Montagnes), the north shore of Lake Erie (Leamington), and Eastend, Saskatchewan. All of these physical locations have informed her work, as have the human connections she has made in each place.

She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Winnipeg. While studying Fine Arts, Rosemary majored in photography and subsequently pursued photography in commercial and industrial settings and in her art practice. Some of her paintings of ravens have appeared in exhibitions involving family history and mythology


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