Rosemary Goodell was born in California. She studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston, UCLA, and received her B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, in art and MA in Painting from the University of California, Berkeley.
In 2003 she was awarded a visual artist fellowship from the Louisiana Division of the Arts. She received a Fulbright Memorial Fellowship to study and travel in Japan in 1998. Vermont Studio center awarded her painting fellowships in 2001, 2008 and 2017. She was a Joan Mitchell grant recipient in 2016. Her paintings have been in national and local shows. Country Roads, Merci, and the Boston Museum School magazine featured her work on their cover as well as being pictured and reviewed in Orleans, Morning Advocate, Times Picayune and School Arts. Her paintings and prints are in public and private collections.
The characteristics of Japanese art—line, flat color, pattern and asymmetrical balance—are elements that inspire me and complement my work. The subjects of my prints and paintings are my own personal expressions on current events, family relationships, reflections on nature and personal beliefs. Often, an object is indicated (such as a leaf, foot, or shark). Furthermore, personal symbols are also included within some paintings that represent nascent ideas that have no words.