family had me drawing from the time I could hold a crayon, by the time I
had reached 7 years my Grandmother Mary Mandrean (who immigrated from Romania
in 1913) walked me through step by step an ancient technique of Romanian
stone to stone mosaic handed down through our family from as far back as
Constantine II, 317 AD. My Grandmother told me it went back even farther
than that but she knew the first actual mosaic, which the family received
a commission on, was that date and it was paid for in Roman coins. My first
true mosaic which I completed was approximately 14" x l9", made
of marble, it was two Native Americans around a campfire, one was standing
and the other was sitting. I must admit for my first shot at doing the art.
I was a natural and loved the outcome of my labors.
art piece hung on my bedroom wall for many years as a reminder of several
lessons learned about my family handed me down on mosaic art. During my
lifetime I have completed over 100 mosaic art works and sketched thousands,
which I eventually plan on getting around to inlaying someday.
far as rock hounding goes all the members of my family had fantastic rock
collections. We traveled the United States each summer and collected specimens
of the finest minerals our nation has to offer. My sister had the most fantastic
collection of which my father assisted her on by building special carrying
cases for and labeling all the specimens of museum cabinet piece collectibles.
She was the oldest of the children and had been collecting the longest.
collection won many awards through out her school hobby and talent shows.
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started getting very serious about the business of marble as dimension stone,
landscape stone, pcc, and artistic mosaic marbles of the Devonian age upon
a discovery I came across in the state of Montana in around 1988 and have
always truly loved searching the hills for gold and silver and other precious
metals that nature has to offer. Prior to mining and mosaic art as a means
of putting bread on the table I believe I put both feet in the year of 1995.
I had to give up the hard rock mining business when I became very ill in
2001, my health gave out and now I spend a lot of time with my mosaic artwork
and plan on doing so for the remainder of my life.
following is a reprint of an article in a local newspaper. At the top of
the page was: 'Sitting Bear,' a Chief of the Arakara Tribe, is one of Scott
Rose's displays at Arts Alive in Eureka. The colors in the marble and stone
used in the portrait are shades of blue, red, yellow, ivory and white."
ALIVE FEATURES W.C. MOSAIC ARTIST "Scott Rose, born in California
in 1953 and presently a resident of Willow Creek, is one of 13 mosaic artists
featured this month at "Arts Alive," at The Ink People Gallery
on 12th St. in Eureka. Rose began his training in the ancient Romanian art
of stone-to-stone mosaic when he was 7-years-old with his grandmother Mary
Mandrean as his teacher.
are different forms of mosaic, which use different minerals, styles and
methods. Many mosaic are made of ceramic or glass: others are made of pebbles
or mixed materials. Scott does his mosaics in Devonian Age marble and semiprecious
gemstones. He meticulously lays the stone he collects from the White Hawk
Mineral Quarry in Montana.
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and his partner Kevin Hulst found a huge deposit of top grade marble in
1996. Since then they developed other mineral deposits producing fine specimens
of gemstones. After researching the Mining Law of 1872 and the Mineral Leasing
Act of 1920, they were able to claim the deposit.
has done mosaics of famous people such as Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe,
Sophia Loren, and Barbara Streisand. He has done a Barbie doll mosaic for
his daughter, a Superman, various animals and other characters from the
past and present. He does mosaics from pictures or portraits.
mosaics are first hand sketched and then inlaid a piece at a time. 'Since
it took Mother Nature millions of years to create these precious stones,
we strongly feel that these mosaics will still be around for another 10
million years,' Scott states.
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first came to Willow Creek 21 years ago. He had a locksmith business in
the Bigfoot Trading Post (Red Barn), which is now owned by Roger and Nancy
Brown and houses several businesses.
recently returned to this area on his 15-year-old daughter's request, and
does custom mosaics under the business name 'Legends in Stone.'"
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moving to Montana I owned and operated a locksmith business in several states,
which was called Rose Lock and Key. It was very profitable business and
I was a security consultant and locksmith for about 25 years before deciding
to go into the mining business. Locksmithing allowed the flexibility to
keep up with my art of pen and in drawings and original mosaic art inlays.
In high school
had the opportunity to study under a master artist by name of Michael O'lala.
It broke my heart when he died a very untimely death at a very young age.
He was my hero when it came to being able to draw as though you were looking
at a photograph. His land and seascapes were truly magnificent and he took
a special liking to me and gave me hours of private lessons for no charge.
He really appreciated my work with mosaic and my pen and ink nudes. I also
consider Vargus a great influence on my earlier years as an artist at the
high school level. The way he could draw and paint a woman was amazing.
He worked with Playboy magazine and once a month would put out a beautiful
watercolor of a fantasy woman, just amazing detail.
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who I have admired is the artist extraordinaire' Boris Vallejo, his fantasy
art is just unbelievable.
wanted to mention that in high school I was also a four-year letterman and
captain of the water polo team and captain of the competitive springboard
diving team. I was never defeated in springboard diving during my high school
years. After high school I enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam Era War,
after my service to my country had come to an end I went back to college
in Monterey for a couple of years and went back into springboard diving
and even as a veteran with a totally whipped out leg, I won the one and
three meter diving events in the California Coast Conference Diving Championships
and ended my diving career with two gold metals from that event. Through
the years I have also taught many springboard divers including by daughter
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the next month I was planning on another mosaic of a springboard diver to
honor the art form which is now much more difficult to even get the opportunity
to learn because it has been taken out of high school athletics because
of the insurance risk and the cost of the insurance skyrocketing starting
about 1980. It is a shame so many kids will never get the opportunity to
learn the art now because most pools have removed their diving boards, so
a mosaic is much needed, if for nothing other than to remind the world that
it once was. Thousands of years from now when some archeologist comes across
my gemstone mosaic of a diver he will probably think it must have been during
a time when man could fly like a bird. Only time will tell for sure.
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following is a reprint of an article in another local newspaper, "The
Times-Standard," by Michael Hughes.
A divinely-inspired mosaic
Rio Dell resident has created an image he calls 'Our Lady of the Bay'
DELL - Scott Rose of Rio Dell has made mosaics for quite some time. His
most recent creation, which he calls 'Our Lady of the Bay,' was inspired
in a most unusual way.
S. Hickey, editor of Knights of Columbus magazine, saw a picture of a mosaic
of Jesus that Rose had made and was intrigued by the intricacy of the creation.
was so impressed that he contacted Rose and sent him a catalog of mosaics
from the Vatican. Rose was especially struck by the catalog's cover image,
a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe. According to the Catholic faith, Our
Lady, also called the Virgin Mary, delivers a message of love and compassion
and the universal promise of help and protection to all mankind.
uses Devonian age marble and semiprecious gemstones, such as lapis, for
the figure of 'Our Lady of the Bay' and seashells for the frame. He worked
many hours on the mosaic and finally finished it in August 2002.
September, Rose asked the Rev. Tom Gowing of St. Patrick's Church in Scotia
and Our Lady of the Redwoods Church in Garberville to bless the mosaic.
was the most moving spiritual experience I have ever known in my life,'
said Rose. 'Father Tom is a very wonderful man and radiates with the love
Getting back to the article about the mosaic 'Our Lady of the Bay,' it has
been an interesting artwork and I still to this day have people calling
wondering how the photographer was able to make the light above my head.
Some swear they se the Lady herself and others think they see a cross above
my head in the newspaper photo. It was rather interesting for the photographer
asked that the lights be turned off and the shades drawn because the semiprecious
gemstones and the Devonian age marble, which the art is comprised of was
tumbled to a high gloss and any flash or light on the artwork when taking
a picture of it causes a mirror like reflection on the photo. Usually, when
I take a photo of one of my mosaics, I take it outside on an overcast day
so there is no glare. So, there was no light on at the time of the photo,
yet if you look above my head in the photo, what do you see?
"Scott Rose (left) and the Rev. Tom Gowing
of St. Patrick's Church and Our Lady of the Redwoods, display Rose's mosaic,
'Our Lady of the Bay' which Gowing blessed."
was the most moving experience I have ever had, the night Father Tom blessed
'Our Lady of the Bay,' it was just before Advent season began. I don't know
if it was my heart pounding so hard or the energy from the moment itself
but as the blessing was taking place I could not keep the portrait still.
It felt as though it was rocking back and forth, I think only noticeable
to me. After the blessing, Father Tom said he would assist me in carrying
the mosaic back to my van because the piece is rather heavy and my health
hasn't been good lately. As we were taking the artwork outside it was about
9:00 pm as we started down the steps of the Church. Father Tom and I both
stopped and put the mosaic down on the steps for we could not believe our
eyes, there was a full moon out and when the light of it came across the
masterpiece, she was beautiful, the moon light o the calcite just glistened.
We both just looked and said at the same time, WOW!! So radiant, that we
could not take our eyes off her for several minutes. Then we continued down
to the van and I drove the mosaic back to my house. When I got home, I called
my daughter Destinie to come out into the moonlight and look at this. She
was also totally amazed.
Advent season the mosaic was hung in the Church and people from all around
came to see her. You cannot imagine the feeling an artist has when he sees
people crossing themselves in front of your work, or when an old woman bends
down on her knees to pray while facing your artwork. I think the most moving
of events following the blessing was when a mariachi band came in and played
music and sang to the mosaic for one hour inside of the Church, the band
came in, set up their instruments, turned their backs on the congregation
and sang holy songs in Spanish to her. After the mass was over there was
a great fiesta in celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the mosaic of
Our Lady of the Bay
by the way 'Our Lady of the Bay,' also does something very unusual, which
I am sure you will appreciate. Part of her fluoresces under a blacklight
and then continues phosphorescing when the light is turned off. The Father
explained to the congregation and the TV news station that it was a modern
day phenomenon that they were seeing and experiencing.
this is really great of you to go to the trouble to devote your time and
energy to being the modern day historian of mosaic art, thank you from all
of us left on the earth that still do this slowly vanishing art form. There
is nothing like the true colors of nature in a handmade mosaic, it almost
seems alive when you have completed the project and a person can't wait
to get started on the next. It is an art that young and old alike can take
part in and learn to love the outcome of their artistic endeavor."