Inspired by living and working around the world, Rosemarie Forsythe paints in a style she calls “conceptual illumination.” Her paintings celebrate the power of ideas that have influenced the course of history or changed the way we think about the world. Forsythe paints in a fine art style reminiscent of fifteenth century illuminated manuscripts, but instead of words, she embeds symbols, equations, algorithms, ornaments, and/or intellectual puzzles in her work. She uses acrylics, gouache, flashe, gold leaf, mica chips, and/or handmade paper, mixing matte gem tones with metallics to create a rich texture.
Before becoming a full-time artist, Forsythe lived in seven countries and visited over sixty in the course of her careers as a U.S. diplomat, policymaker, and international business executive. Trained as a professional jeweler in her years abroad, she eventually combined her jewelry designs with her intellectual and prior work interests to create a unique style of painting. Her works are in private collections in Qatar, Switzerland, Belgium, France, the UK, and the United States. She has had commissions for work in the south of France; Washington, D.C.; and New York.