Rosamond has been a gifted artist from childhood, inspired by her surroundings, the natural world and by the example of her talented artist grandmother. She graduated with a London University degree in English and Drama before pursuing a career in radio, only later returning to her first love of art, combining the study of illustration at art school with motherhood. It was during this period that she began sculpting, initially as a hobby and then, further to an apprenticeship with a bronze sculptor, as a profession. Rosamond’s wonderfully detailed bronzes rapidly attracted the interest of both private collectors and galleries and in 2011 she was nominated for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year.
Sculpting in clay or wax and casting predominantly in bronze, Rosamond draws her inspiration from the natural world and particularly the relationship between parent and offspring. A vivid sense of attention to detail defines her sculptures, helping to capture the spirit and sense of her subject matter with both accuracy and empathy.
Rosamond is passionate about conservation and has supported Tusk generously through her sculpture work. In 2013 a research trip to Zambia culminated in her highly acclaimed London show, ‘Bronze Black and White’, with award winning wildlife photographer, David Lloyd (no relation). A special sculpture by Rosamond, commissioned by the Cotswold Wildlife Park to commemorate the birth of the first white rhino calf in the Park’s 43 year history, made its public debut at this exhibition and Rosamond donated a significant percentage of the sale price of each subsequent edition of her Study of a White Rhino and Calf bronze to Tusk’s rhino conservation projects. The sculpture was so popular that only one edition remains available.
In 2015 Rosamond collaborated with fellow Tusk patron, explorer, writer and photographer Levison Wood to stage 'Visions of Africa', their highly acclaimed London show which united striking images from Levison Wood’s four month journey through Africa along the route of the Nile with a series of unique bronze sculptures by Rosamond in a visual celebration of Africa’s culture and wildlife. In aid of Tusk Trust, the exhibition was kindly sponsored by Flight Centre, Craghoppers, Leica Cameras and IWC Watches.
“I share a passion for wildlife and conservation, with a natural devotion to my subject matter. Creating a sculpture that not only celebrates a special birth at the Cotswold Wildlife Park but also supports the incredible work of Tusk in protecting this species in the wild, has been a privilege. My sculptures celebrate living creatures, in all their diversity. That my work may one day become a memorial to an extinct species is unimaginable.”
It will come as no surprise that this wonderful piece looks set to sell out of edition before the end of 2014. Rosamond regularly accepts private commissions, working with a wide range of subject matter and to any scale. She has also raised substantial funds for Tusk through the auction of the chance to commission a bronze sculpture.
Rosamond’s work has been featured widely in local, national and international press and she is a regular guest sculptor at the UK’s largest and prestigious festival of master craftsmanship, Art in Action. Her sculptures are held in private collections in Britain, Europe and the USA.
The conservation challenges are greater than ever before, but we continue to be inspired by the achievements and extraordinary efforts of our project managers and the courage of the game rangers who put their lives on the line every day.