“Too erotic!” “Too exotic!” That’s how Vancouver City officials viewed Rose Ann Janzen’s work in 1984. They ordered the painting in question removed from a City Hall Public Exhibition of British Columbia Artists. Art critic Max Wyman, among others, rallied in support of Rose Ann but to no avail. The painting remained “banned from City Hall.”
Although mainly self-taught, RoseAnn has studied art in the Netherlands, at the Banff School of Fine Arts and at the University of British Columbia. Whether exploring the medinas of Morocco, trekking through the jungles of Costa Rica or sailing the South Pacific, she is the irrepressible traveller, never without sketch book in hand. She lives and paints in the seaside town of Gibsons, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.