It was a pleasure to welcome Rosie Tatchell, OD back to Dean Close, to exhibit her pieces in the BonBernard Gallery. The purpose-built Art School was filled with a range of stunning still-life and landscape pieces from the artist’s ‘Highlights’ exhibition. Pupils, parents and members of the community were all welcome to explore the exhibits and chat to the artist herself.

Rosie was a Dean Close pupil for seven years. After leaving in 2005 she went on to pursue her passion for art, and completed an Art Foundation course at Banbury College (Oxford and Cherwell Demontford University).

Later, she attended the prestigious Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence for three years and it was there that she studied traditional drawing and oil painting techniques.

Since returning to England in 2011 Rosie has made art her career. She always has commissions on the go and has taught herself how to paint still-lives, landscapes and animal portraits. The main focus for this exhibition were her favourite subjects which include glass, silverware, blue and white china and fruit.  Painting her subjects from life, she is able to capture the natural light and in particular the highlights which dance around the objects.

Head of Art at Dean Close School, Caroline Evans, said: “It is a real pleasure to welcome Rosie back to Dean Close to exhibit her beautiful paintings. It is always especially rewarding to see the students we have taught thriving in the art world and making their living from their talent and creativity. Rosie has come a long way since her school days and we couldn’t be more proud!”

The exhibition will be on display until 5th October in the BonBernard Gallery, and everyone is warmly welcome. For further information please contact: cjevans@deanclose.org.uk.