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I continue to be irresistibly drawn to the landscape, cloudscape, skyscape, and standing stones cape of Orkney and feel that it has been my privilege to try to be able to capture its spirit. Perhaps the real magic is that an outsider's inspiration may become another's awakening to a very special place on the planet.
I discovered Orkney after I received a Fulbright Award to be an exchange teacher and was placed in Paisley, Scotland. During that year, I decided to focus my travel on seeing the less visited, and possibly more interesting sites of Scotland, having already traveled in Europe. This is the premise that first brought me to the islands of Orkney, in northern Scotland over 20 years ago. Once there, I first wanted to see the Neolithic stone sites. Something in the stones or by the stones or near the stones began to creep into my soul. And my lifelong artistic journey began in earnest.
When I returned to New York, I was compelled to render the landscapes I had always been drawn to, but now I began to take the peculiar shapes of Orkney's standing stones and cross my undulating horizontals with their verticals. And I became passionate about large voluptuous skyscapes. Slowly, I realized that the artistic visions I had inside were matching what I was pouring onto the canvas.
Over the period of the next twenty years I returned to Orkney, with purpose of taking photos for future artwork. These photos have consistently driven my artistic inspiration. The power and magic of the standing stones became part of me and haunted me through my numerous photos.
During this period I also added new techniques to my artistic tool box and began to spend more time studying at the Woodstock School of Art, located in the upstate New York town that inspired the famous 1969 Music Festival as well as having one of the oldest surviving art colonies in the United States. My art work continued to be influenced by Orkney even when I began smaller and more time intensive work with watercolor white-line woodblock printmaking.
I, Jeanne Bouza Rose have been an educator for over 30 years in the Long Island, New York area. I have developed many innovative programs for the involvement of the whole school. As a Fulbright exchange teacher, I was placed in Paisley, Scotland and during that year, visited Orkney for the first time.
Annually, I organize 700 students, over 100 parent volunteers and 70 building staff around a school theme for a one day or week long program. I have been successful at writing grants including one starting a local New York State Teacher which I then co-administered for 6 years, I also helped administer a large special legislative grant for my school district.
I have prepared and presented workshops throughout the New York area and for state and national associations. I have received the Jenkins Teacher of the Year award and in 2003, was nominated and received her district’s Simmons Award, for demonstrated extraordinary service to the district and students. She holds NYS teaching certifications in elementary education, art, English, gifted and talented, and school and district administration.
Come join me and add to my story as you begin yours on an Orkney Art Adventure each summer.
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company provides art/travel vacations.
1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
I started the business in the summer of 2005. It began as a summer art/travel tour to share the artistic inspiration I found in Orkney, Scotland.
2. What is your company's mission?
My mission is to connect people across the Atlantic to a group of islands so rich in history and landscape while introducing participants to a unique art form developed in Provincetown, Massachusetts by Europeans. Orkney Arts Adventure is a bridge between history, creativity and people. If there is interest, I would also host my workshop on Easter Island.
3. What does your company specialize in?
I am interested in teaching new and experienced artists a new technique that opens participants to a new way of seeing and thinking. This is done by holding the workshop in a unique place in the world and surrounding participants with information and scenery that challenges all preconceived notions.
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Jeanne Bouza Rose is now a retired educator from the metropolitan New York suburbs of Long Island. With over 30 years of teaching, and as a cancer survivor of 17 years, Jeanne decided to take early retirement. This has allowed her to spend the past two years living in Orkney, Scotland. Currently, she is painting a series of large banners whose theme is the standing stones of Stenness. This site is a henge just a short distance from the history changing archeological dig at the Ness of Brodgar. Last winter, she was an artist in residence at Heatherbraes, the home and studio of the late Orcadian artist, Sylvia Wishart. While there, she painted a 43 foot by 5 foot painting of the island of Hoy through the seasons.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
All of the offers are demanded.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
We had the vacation of a lifetime, thank you.
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