About Rosemary

While at school, Rosemary Hain had two intense interests and had a conflict when reaching school leaving age whether to follow a career in ballet or art. This was resolved by winning a scholarshi0p to East Sydney Technical College, Sydney to study the Art Diploma Course. During this period at the Technical College, she met John Beeman and on his return from overseas study they were married and for a number of years, art took second place to raising a family. As the family grew up it allowed more time to continue her artistic abilities.

At that time, Rosemary was specializing in precise black and white drawing and her skill was recognized by various scientific organizations such as the Department of Fisheries N.S.W., the Australian Museum and the Australian Museum Society, where
she worked under contract for some years.

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While maintaining her critical approach to drawing, Rosemary moved away from black and white scientific type work, the last one being a drawing of a tortoise which won the graphic section of the Taree Exhibition in 1981. Recognizing the limitations of ink, she expanded to a more diverse range of materials such a charcoal pencil, conte crayon and has become an exponent of the gesso technique.

While Rosemary and John use the same basic gesso technique, the difference in approach is very apparent in their individual results. Rosemary's first exhibition in Mosman in 1985 using this technique was acclaimed by its success. The Beemans now live in Yamba in NSW and have had a succession of sellout exhibitions in Brisbane.