Ms. Cooley was born in Buffalo, NY, where she completed her undergraduate degree in Art Education. After teaching secondary studio art and art history, she moved with her husband to South Africa and began fifteen years living in Asia (Bangkok) and South America (Caracas) returning twice more to South Africa. She taught on the secondary and college level and exhibited her art at the British Embassy in Pretoria, S. Africa, the Venezuelan-American University Women’s Club in Caracas, the Technikon in Port Elizabeth, S. Africa. Returning to the US, she completed a M. Litt. with concentration in Art History while teaching AP Studio Art and AP Art History in New Jersey.
She studied under various printmakers, including at the Johannesburg Art Foundation (etching program initiated by Willliam Kentridge) and at Santa Reparata School of Art in Florence, Italy. She has participated in many printmaking workshops and has been influenced by mentors Ron Pokrasso and Dan Welden, with whom she studied in Florence, Santa Fe and Charleston. She studied painting under Giovanni Casadei, Paul duSold and Christine la Fuente of the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. She also studied under printmaker, Catherine Kernan.
Having spent 2005-2009 living part time in Shanghai, China, she has had the opportunity to meet many printmakers through her friend Professor Xu Longbao, chairman of Printmaking at University of Shanghai. Through him she met and studied with Ink Painting Master, Wang Jie Yin. This method of painting, so different from the west, employs soft papers and brushes of organic material. Based on capillary action, the method melds appropriately with the artist’s love of water.
The Shanghai experience has recaptured her inspiration of studying under Prof. James Kuo, from Suzhou, China in her undergraduate days.
She has held solo exhibitions at WPG, Delbarton School, Hamachi Gallery, Tokyo, Stimson Center, Washington DC, and has participated in group shows at The Sketch Club and Wayne Art Center in Philadelphia, Dadian Gallery in Washington DC, Gallery at Slough Road, Brewster, MA and the gallery at Shanghai International Convention Center, which she also curated.
Rosemary is past President and Board Member of WPG, and her work is in the collections of Georgetown University, Delbarton School, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and in private collections in the United States, South Aftica, Belgium, Sweden,Venezuela, France, England, Japan and China.