Art Was Her Freedom
Rosalind Tobias, artist and art therapist, passed away on December 13th, 2019 after a short terminal illness, at Columbia Memorial Health, in Hudson, New York.
From a very young age, Rosalind loved to sketch and draw. She went on to study at Radcliff College, in France, and at the Art Students League in New York City.
Art was her freedom; she was fascinated by how the process of art-making touches the unconscious, releasing feelings and thoughts the conscious mind holds back.
After studying at the Academy De La Grande Chaumiere in Paris for two years, Rosalind returned to New York and painted with Robert Brackman at the Art Students League. She enjoyed painting the human figure, and studied this technique with Michael Burban, an instructor at the League, and student of the renowned artist, Robert Beverly Hale.
She pursued landscape painting, sketching and painting in parks and in her later years in the Columbia county area. In the 1980’s, she explored abstract art. Bruce Dorfman, another League instructor, serving as her mentor. During this period, she studied at NYU for an MA in Arts Education, followed by two years at the School of Visual Arts where she earned a certificate in Arts therapy.
For nine years, during the early years of the AIDS crisis, she worked as an Art Therapist with terminally ill patients at Cabrini Hospital in New York City; she shared with them the freedom and the great therapeutic value of art-making.
Rosalind believed that her exploration of abstract art helped to strengthen her painting. Her figure painting demonstrated this, when in the 1990’s she returned to working in a representational style. Many of her recent works where done during “Friday” sessions, when she would invite fellow artists to her home in Livingston to work from a live model. Some of these works will be shown at “Gallery 71” in Rhinebeck, New York in March. For the last eight years of her life, she worked at the Newman Community Residence in Copake, New York, sharing her time, talent and treasure with veterans.
Rosalind will be greatly missed by many. She leaves behind a son, Alex of Brooklyn, NY, a daughter Kathy, and granddaughter Melissa, of Durham, North Carolina, and her husband of thirty-three years, Theo of New York City.
A list of the many galleries where Rosalind has shown her work will be available at “Gallery 71.”