Born and raised in Dundee, Wisconsin, the artistic vision of Rosalie Waranius Vass reflects the lush colors and glaciated landforms of the Kettle Moraine that cradles her hometown.

Over six decades of creative activity, Vass has developed a unique watercolor technique that involves adding layer upon layer of the delicate, translucent paint to create a vibrant surface that shimmers with color. The richly detailed compositions evoke a longing for close-knit communities of yesteryear with a beguiling simplicity of style that updates American folk art traditions.

Location: Saint John’s On The Lake
1840 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202.


Image credit: Rosalie Waranius Vass, Lean on Me, Watercolor on watercolor paper with prismacolor pencil, n.d.