Artist, Rosie Ratigan
Rosie was born in Minnesota, where she lived, studied and worked until 1980, when she moved to Lander, Wyoming. Her interests in horseback riding, running, skiing and other outdoor activities made Wyoming the perfect place to live and pursue her dreams.
While raising their two children Paul and Katherine, with her husband Dan Ratigan, M.D., they owned and operated Black Mountain Guest Ranch and Heavenly Everlastings, an antique and dried flower business from 1993 to 2005. Rosie enjoyed designing unique dried flower arrangements and taught bi-monthly flower arranging classes at Heavenly Everlastings for twelve years. After selling Heavenly Everlastings in 2005, she was employed four years by Wyoming Windows and Cabinets in Lander, as an interior designer in the flooring and window treatment department. She retired from Wyoming Windows and Cabinets in 2011 and started painting full time.
Rosie began painting with watercolors and in 2011 switched to oil paints. A love and interest in birds, led her to painting native and migratory birds of the West. Inspired by the beautiful Rocky Mountain flora and fauna, she added colorful landscapes and wildlife to her paintings.
Rosie studied oil paintings under Doris Snyder in Lander from 2012 to 2014 with weekly private art lessons. She was juried into the Susan Kay Black Foundation workshop in Dubois, Wyoming with instructors including Robert Bateman, Mort Solberg, Greg Beecham, John Ruthven, Jeanne MacKenzie, John Seerey-Lester and many other professional artists. She also attended several workshops by Tom Lucas, 2015 Governor's Award recipient, and various classes and workshops at the Lander Art Center. She continues to challenge herself through art shows, competitions, workshops and classes.
A member of the Lander Art Center Board for four years, she has held the position of Board secretary for two years. Her involvement with the Lander Art Center has Rosie often volunteering and some times teaching classes at the art center. In 2015 Rosie started her business, "Rosie Ratigan Fine Art". Rosie is an associate member of Oil Painters of America, Wind River Valley Artists' Guild and the Lander Art Center. Her artwork is represented by Silver Sage Gallery in Dubois and by Alchemy and Global Arts in Lander. Rosie believes that by painting what she loves, her heart touches the canvas through her brush.
In 2016, Rosie's painting, "Golden Bison", was juried into the Governor's Capital Art Exhibition in Cheyenne, Wyoming. On February 9, 2017, Rosie was honored at the Wyoming State Museum by Governor Matt Mead and First Lady Carol Mead. Her oil painting "Golden Bison" was one of the paintings chosen for a purchase award by the five elected officials and representatives from the state agencies. Golden Bison will join the prestigious collection of art that is part of the permanent art collection of the Wyoming State Museum. The painting will be displayed at the Wyoming State Capital in Cheyenne.
Professional Art Awards
Governor's Capital Art Exhibition - Purchase Award Winner - permanant collection of Wyoming State Museum - 2017
City of Laramie - Grand Hall Art Exhibition - First Place - 2016
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - Miniature Show - Pastel - First Place - 2016
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - Miniature Show - Oil - Honorable Mention - 2016
Red Desert Audubon Art Show - First Place - 2016
Red Desert Audubon Art Show - People's Choice - 2016 -
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - National Show - Still Life Award - 2016
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - National Show - Acrylic - Second Place - 2016
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - Miniature - Second Place - 2016
Wyoming Artists' Association - Artist's Choice - 2016
Wyoming Artists' Association - Acrylic & Pastel - Honorable Mention - 2016
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - Miniature Show - Pastel - Second Place - 2015
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - Miniature Show - Oil - Third Place - 2015
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - National Show - Pastel - Third Place - 2015
Red Desert Audubon Show - Honorable Mention - 2015
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - Miniature Show - Pastel - Honorable Mention - 2014
Wind River Valley Artists' Guild - National Show - Oil - Second Place - 2014
Wyoming Wildlife Federation - Poster Winner for fence removal project - 2014
Wyoming Artists' Association - Congressional & Governor's Show - Honorable Mention - 2014
Wyoming Artists' Association - Miniature - Third Place 2014
Wyoming Artists' Association - Themed Show - Honorable Mention - 2014
Rosie painting her bison series oil paintings at one of her home studios in 2016.
"It seemed like a Good Idea At the Time" exhibition at the Lander Art Center.
Rosie is pictured with her oil painting of "Thunder" - Bison, which sold at the show. Three of her four bison studies were on display from January 8 - February 27, 2016.
Rosie oil painting in one of her home studios at Black Mountain Ranch. This room offers north light and more space to spread out for her larger canvases. She is painting "Morning Light" from her sand hill crane series using her smaller oil painting study. Just east of Riverton, Wyoming there are many Sand Hill Cranes in the fields and Rosie took many photographs for future paintings.