Artist of the Day...Introducing Minna Rosenwasser
I would like to introduce my readers to a Chicago artist Minna Rosenwasser. Though her talents go in many directions, she is best known for painting glass, wood, and plaster.
Each piece is unique and what I call affordable artwork. Why give someone a mass-produced gift when you can give them a one-of-a-kind piece made by an artist? And why not enrich your own life with a piece that is both lovely to gaze on and functional and one of a kind.
Minna, when did you start painting glass?
I started painting last year as I was going through chemo and radiation. I always have been a crafter. I knit and crochet, needlepoint, wood burning.
Minna, can you give me a little bit of your background? Where are you from? How did you come here?
I'm from Kiev, Ukraine, when my family and I came to the USA; it used to be USSR. We came to America as political refugees.
Minna, do you have children, and if you do, did they inherit your artist gene?
I have two girls ( young adults), one of them is pretty artistic, and the other is good at other things.
Minna, what inspires you to create a piece?
Every piece I create is feeling inspired at that moment. I sometimes dream of the color combination.
How do you settle on your colors and design?
As I mentioned, I sometimes dream of the color combination. Every piece is full of my energy and feeling. Painting makes me happy.
Do you make custom pieces for, let's say, a couple's wedding or a special birthday or a housewarming?
Yes, I have made many custom pieces for many different occasions.
Is your process complicated?
Not to me, I enjoy every moment of it. I love that I'm able to work with different surfaces. Wood takes a little more work and prosses than glass or plaster.
How long does it take to create one of your gorgeous pieces?
It all depends on the surfaces, size, and design.
Can you personalize the bottom of a piece with a painted message, for example, For Warren for his Birthday? ( I have a friend whose husband loves anything with a Russian influence, and I suspect my readers know other people who would be thrilled for a personalization)
I do not personalize my pieces. On the bottom of my work is my signature.
I can make it look like it is influenced by the customers' idea or a vision in the color combinations.
This candy dish is one of my favorites! The pink and gold are a color combination I am crazy about, and, well, when it comes to chocolate truffles, why not take something wonderful and make it fabulous...
What is the biggest and smallest piece you have ever made?
The biggest piece so far was a canvas 12x12. The smallest is a memorial stone. In Jewish tradition, each time you visit a loved one at the cemetery, you leave a stone to mark that you were there. I created a series of memorial stone markers for yahrtzeit and any other memorial occasions.
What about famous people? Do any of the stars have your pieces? And if not, let's get them to notice you...because they should.
I do not know any famous people, but I will be happy to make a piece for a star +.
Is it relaxing or unnerving to create your work? Do you play music? Do you start a piece and take it to completion or come back to it and add to it?
It is very relaxing for me to create a piece. I do listen to music and books on tape.
Usually, I have 2-3 pieces going at the same time. Some things have to dry for me to continue, so meanwhile, I work on something else.
Let us know how your mind tackles a new piece. Do you draw out your design or see where your mind takes you?
Most of the time, my work is freehand. Something I draw or use stencils.
Where can my readers find your pieces other than through me?
Etsy is one of the places I sell on:http://www.Etsy.com/shop/Miguroart.
Customer also contact me directly on messenger or WhatsApp
And most important, do you have any dogs? Pictures would be nice, or at least one, as some of us are hue-edge dog lovers.
We have four rescue dogs: Napa, Ari, Finn, and Stella.
Napa came to as from a family who was just giving away puppies, Ari and Finn came from the local shelter (Heartland), and Stella came for Rightway, also a local shelter.
They all have different personalities, and all get alone.
Minna, thank you for taking your time to talk with me today. Is there anything you feel my readers would like to know that I missed?
I don't think so. Thank you, Jackie, for taking your time and introducing me to your audience.
Jacqueline Gillam Fairchild
author: The Nantucket Series. The Mermaid Mansion coming soon