Description Monticello: have you been to Monticello? It's unforgettable -- I think that's what the song is about. Unforgettable...in every way. It's amazing. I first saw it at age six on Easter Vacation. 1965. I wanted to go upstairs. The lady told me I couldn't. I must have asked her why. She said it was a fire hazard and some people were too fat to go upstairs. I told her I was skinny enough to make it. I think she learned not to get into a conversation with a six year old. I wish I had at least tried -- and ran, and my mother could have chased me and we both would have seen the upstairswhich is now open to the public for a price. My daughter saw it --I can now die a happy mother! Hopefully, not before I see it for myself.
Rosemary McGuirk, New Hampshire Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement "The American everyday way of life inspires me. Not the glitz nor the glamor, but the memories that bring us feelings of peace and happiness."
Rosemary McGuirk was born and raised in lower Westchester County, New York. She attended St. Joseph's Grammar School in Bronxville and School of the Holy Child in Rye. In 1980, she earned her B.A. in Art from the University of Richmond. She continued her studies of art at the College of New Rochelle, The School of Visual Arts, and the Art Student's League by night and worked at her father's Ford dealership and later at McCall's and Family Circle magazines by day.
The early experiences of her childhood in the suburbs, at her grandmother's in Chester, Vermont, and now raising her own family, are evident in the childlike and playful images that come to life in her unique and meticulous cut paper scenes.