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For me the process of painting is the solving of problems - color, form, texture and composition. My technique is to layer oil paint in thin glazes or sometimes mixed with wax over chemically treated copper to produce an optically complex surface. Light passes through some layers and reflects off others to give an impression of atmosphere and luminescence.

Painting is always a leap into the unknown. Trying to capture the depth, motion and sense of transparency in this ephemeral world is a challenge


Nora Charney Rosenbaum lives and paints in Brookline, MA.   For over thirty years she has been painting in oil on copper covered wood panels. Originally she used recycled copper flashing that made for an interesting weathered ground. When that kind of copper became too scarce, she began to use new copper sheeting and applied heat and chemicals to create patinas that add variation to the surface. Each painting is a close view of the natural world.

An article in Weatherwise Magazine featured the connection between her late father’s interests and her own work. Jule Charney was a scientist at MIT in Meteorology and Planetary Fluid Dynamics and developed mathematical models to explain the circulation of the air and ocean to use in long range weather forecasting. He also had a boundless love of nature which he shared with his daughter who also loves the intricacies of painting sky and water. 

A member of Galatea Fine Art Gallery and the Fort Point Arts Community, she has shown her work throughout New England and Martha’s Vineyard. Her paintings are included in The Institute of Global Environment and Society in Rockville, Maryland.

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