Professional artist and illustrator Rosemary Burke has been actively working in her chosen field for over 40 years. In 1967, she began her career as a Staff Artist at John A. Brown Company, at that time, the largest locally owned department store in Oklahoma, eventually acquired by Dillard's.
Two years later, she embarked on a new phase in her profession at Al Rosenthal's, an upscale ladies specialty store, as their Artist and Advertising Manager. She then moved on to freelance Fashion ads for Ruth Meyers, Inc., an exclusive ladies shop.
In 1982-85 she served as Regional Director and Ex-Officio of The Fashion Group International, a worldwide affiliation of executives in the applied arts of the fashion fields.
In 1985 Rosemary became the Fashion Illustrator and Director of Advertising for Balliets, the premiere ladies luxury store in Oklahoma. While there, she handled a turnkey operation of layout, artwork, copy-writing and marketing.
During her ten years with Balliets, her illustrations were a major influence and presence in print media fashion, published weekly in The Daily Oklahoman, the state's largest newspaper. Some of her most celebrated works include a collection of renderings that remain, even today, throughout the store,as examples of timeless quality fashion.
Professionally, she has been a guest lecturer at Oklahoma State University School of Design. In addition, she has been Career Day Speaker and has served as judge for The University of Oklahoma School of Arts Design Competition.
Since 1995, Rosemary has been freelancing in a variety of artistic endeavors through her own business. Currently she specializes in illustrations, prints, portraits, logo design, custom commissioned fine art and consulting.
A recent venture has been designing and marketing an exclusive signature T-shirt for long-time client Nonna's Ristoranté / Painted Door in Oklahoma City's Historic Bricktown and Gaillardia Country Club.
As a great fan of all things Oklahoma, her Commemorative Retro Cowgirl T-shirt celebrating the State's Centennial Anniversary, was chosen to be featured at Walt Disney World Epcot Center~"The Oklahoma Experience" exhibit in 2007.
In conjunction with the "Sketch To Screen" Exhibit of Hollywood movie costumes, Rosemary taught several Fashion Illustration Courses at The OKCMoA in 2010.
In 2011, Rosemary was commissioned to do Portraits of all the Oklahoma University Heisman Trophy winners and many top past and present OU Athletes for The Sooner Spectacular.
For the month of February 2012, Rosemary's Fashion Illustrations were featured in a one-woman Retrospective Show "Fashion As Art" at JRB ART Gallery at The Elms in The Paseo Arts District, Oklahoma City.
And the latest addition for Thunder Basketball fans is a whimsical Portrait in team garb...complete with Thunder blue hair.... (upon request!)
By popular demand, in 2012, Canine Portraiture has been added to her Repertoire.
To inquire about specific art, custom art, portraits or freelance artwork~please click CONTACT at the top of the page and Rosemary will be happy to get back to you right away.