Earning her Bachelors in illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Adare enrolled at the Atelier School of Classical Realism in Temescal on a full, three-year scholarship. Studying under David Hardy, who Adare deems "the best color theorist in America", her compositional skills derive from an amalgam of David Hardy's tutors, including Antonin Sterba and William H. Mosby of the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and Joseph Van der Brouk of the Royal Academy in Brussels.
Adare began her Fine Art career at The Muse Studio founding the annual Muse Showcase: A Celebration in Art and Music, in Berkeley, CA. Expanding throughout the Bay Area, Rose took on two solo shows, the first at the Sutter Gallery in San Francisco followed by another at Epic Arts in Berkeley. Of note, Rose had the honor of participating in a collective show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor's fine art museum in SF, for a Toulouse-Lautrec Perspective.
After a devastating collision with a municipal train in 2005, Rose spent the following years unable to paint, her attempts to draw only manageable by taping a pencil to her fingers. Moving to Hawaii, Adare spent the following years in recovery, before returning with her debut portrait series Restraint & Revolution.
Using corsets as a symbol of overcoming societal restraint, the models of Restraint & Revolution include such notable counterculture celebrities as Academy Award Winner and Native American rights activist Buffy Sainte-Marie, award winning LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) orator Kimberly Dark, renowned sexologist, activist and author Carol Queen, Seattle based singer-song writer Jason Webley, Gregangelo of San Francisco's Velocity Circus and Cirque Du Soleil and many more.
Using gold and silver leaf with gamblin oils on only the finest museum grade canvas, her meticulously layered paintings are notorious for their ability to glow and almost breath. Using sacred geometry in her under-drawings, her portraits naturally focus the eye by blending around the line of action. In her work, it's possible to note Adare's homage to Lucien Freud, John Singer-Sargent, and Nicolai Fechin.
Rose Adare, Venus Unbound, Portrait of Jesi Collins, Oil on linen; Courtesy of the artist
Rose Adare, Primal Buddha, Portrait of Kala Kaiwi, Oil on linen; Courtesy of the artist
Rose Adare, The Eleventh Hour, Portrait of Jason Webley, Oil on linen; Courtesy of the artist