Brook Rosser lives in San Antonio Texas and is a painter and Professor of Communication Design at San Antonio College. She received her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and her MFA in painting and drawing from Texas Tech University. Rosser's paintings and drawings have been exhibited in both group and solo exhibitions as well as juried shows.
Her work has been exhibited at: AnArte Gallery, Carrington/Gallagher Gallery, Blue Star, University Autonoma de Mexico, Southwest School of Arts & Crafts, St. Mary's University, the Lubbock Fine Arts Center, Texas Tech University, The University of Texas at Tyler, Arizona State University. Her work has been acquired for both private and corporate collections, such as the University Hospital Health Systems Robert B. Green Clinical Research Facility in San Antonio, Texas.
Rosser's mixed media paintings seek to reflect love, challenges, and dreams, blending both private and mythic images. Her love of folk art and color is evident in her work, which constantly searches out new ways to explore the wonder and enchantment of living.
"Fanciful trees and other imagery are formed by paint, torn pieces of newspaper, wine labels, aluminum foil, and other found materials inspired by Mexican folk art and the traditional ceramic Tree of Life candelabras (candle holders) from Mexico.
For generations, married couples received a wedding gift of a Tree of Life to ensure that prosperity would bless the new household and union. However, the trees and imagery in my work represent love and joy, and sometimes conflict; whether personal or political. Saints and sinners, lovers and soldiers, flowers, animals and various other images inhabit these whimsical trees.
My childhood was filled with Retablos, Ex-Votos and folk art collected by my mother, and my grandmother who grew up on a ranch near the Mexican border. Ex Votos, Milagros and Retablos are images offered to a deity or saint as a form of prayer or wish, or to give thanks. I love this ritual, and the beauty in these mysterious, visual leaps of faith."