as the 19th century artists examined in the book Artists in Aprons,
Nancy Rosier has felt throughout her life the need to express herself
in many creative mediums. Theorem painting, Nancy’s specialty,
captured her attention some twenty years ago.
painting (meaning painting with the aid of stencils) is considered
traditional folk art. It was popular in the 1800s. Theorem painting
is most often done on white velvet fabric, which gives the painting
a soft, lovely depth. Oil paint is presently used as it simulates
the look of the antique theorems whose paint was hand mixed. Fruit
and floral arrangements are the most popular subjects, but scenes
were sometimes done.
Nancy considers herself a true folk artist because she is self-taught.
To achieve this level of painting, a great amount of research has
been done, through reading as well as many trips to folk art museums
throughout the country. Nancy learned her craft through studying
antique theorems and reproducing them. After conquering the painting
procedure and becoming adept at reproducing the 19-century theorems,
she has branched out to include her own original designs. She is
known for her elaborate museum quality theorems.
have total artistic control over how Nancy’s paintings are
presented, she has learned several traditional decorative art techniques
she uses to paint the handmade frames for her theorems.
has become a nationally recognized artist and authority on theorem
painting. Many magazines, newspapers, and several books have featured
her work. She has been interviewed often and asked to write numerous
“how to” articles. Her work is exhibited and sold at
fine-juried shows across the country. She was chosen by the White
House to create a theorem ornament for the Blue Room Christmas tree.
She has been selected each year for close to twenty years as a member
of the nationally acclaimed “Directory of Traditional American
Crafts” which showcases America’s finest artisans who
are dedicated to preserving the early American crafts.
The theorems are hung on the line to dry after being "aged"!