Born in Melbourne, Rosemary Berrell has been interested in art for as long as she can remember. Her love of watercolours began in her late teens when she started lessons in watercolour painting from C. Dudley Wood (1905 – 1980), acclaimed Australian Landscape artist. A superb draughtsman, he suggested Rosemary learn to draw before she could paint, so she spent one term just on drawing then three more years improving her drawing and developing her painting skills.
Though she paints a variety of subjects ranging from landscapes, seascapes to buildings, Rosemary’s greatest passion are animals, particularly horses. Over the years, she has done commissions for businesses and private concerns, and with the latter, numerous paintings of pets: dogs, cats and horses. She has painted Melbourne Cup winners from 1999 to 2006, from photos she took at the Cup. ‘Rogan Josh’ was sold to the owner Wendy Green in 2000 and her three paintings of ‘Makybe Diva’ purchased by one man in 2006. In the last few years, Rosemary has done numerous paintings of ‘Working Draught’ horses (she is a member of the Victorian Working Draught Horse Association) and paintings of horses in Australian History.
She has entered paintings in competitions throughout Melbourne, regional centres and Interstate. Not only are there artworks of Rosemary’s in Australia but there are also paintings of hers in U.K, Norway, Japan, Poland, U.S.A.