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The Heart of a Poet

Posted on: September 16, 2011

Rosemarie Hurst has worked as an image consultant, a museum worker, a retail clerk, administrative assistant and a modal to name a few. But her passion has always been photography, singing and song writing. She is a wonderful example of someone who has not given up on her dreams.

Taking pictures for as long as she can remember , she admits to having started with a Brownie camera many years ago. She still uses a 35 mm and produces fabulous photographs inspired by nature. Her work will be shown at The Tsawwassen Art Centre from September 16 to October 3.

Rosemarie has been writing poetry since she was five years old. She used to write plays with her sister when they lived in England. At age eight, her parents moved to Ontario where she lived for most of her life before moving to Vancouver fourteen years ago. She writes to express herself and get things off her chest. The playwriting and poetry evolved into writing songs. Her first CD, Eyes of Angels came out in 2004. Her new CD, Faithfully Yours, a tribute to Pauline Johnson, took a long time to put together, almost 6 years.

It is a miracle it has come to be at all as Rosemarie encountered many set backs. Not just the financial and time constraints many artists encounter, but much more serious issues. She lives in a complex that has experienced an unsolved murder and a serious fire. When she realized the place was on fire, she grabbed her guitar, camera, medication and some cash. She knows her priorities. She also suffered from a stroke and soon after recovering, had a ruptured brain aneurism. She counts her self lucky not only to be alive, but to have retained 20/20 vision and the ability to create. In spite of family opposition and the recent loss of a good friend, she has never stopped pursuing her dream.

She was inspired early on by Joan Baez and when she got her first job, bought a suit and a guitar. She wanted to sing just like Joan Baez but alas it wasn’t meant to be. Rosemarie has her own unique style though which comes through nicley as she sings the poems of Pauline Johnson.

Faithfully Yours is a selection of Pauline Johnson’s poems set to music. Rosemarie said it was hard to sing to poems, but the music just came to her as if it was meant to be. She has always loved Pauline Johnson and feels she is a kindred spirit since they both went against convention and showed great tenacity. While working on the CD, amidst all the set backs, she kept a picture of Pauline on her wall and on her screen saver to keep her going. She is very proud of the fact that two of her photographs of Pauline Johnson’s cairn are on display in the Six Nations Chiefwood Museum, Pauline’s childhood home in Ontario. A nice tie between her two loves, photography and songwriting/singing.

Rosemarie’s advice to any struggling artist – persevere, don’t worry about public opinion, take courses in your area to keep up to date and meet like minded people. Take it one step at a time and never give up.
Rosemarie is working on a third CD and a book of poetry with photographs.


9 Responses to "The Heart of a Poet"

Here’s to the local gals. I enjoyed this post, Darlene. It’s inspiring to see folks doing it.

Rosemarie is an inspiration for all of us. See you soon.

I love the advice. Take it one step at a time and don’t worry about public opinion. Thanks!

Thanks Heather. Good advice for sure.

Thanks for sharing Rosemarie’s story, the ups and downs life has handed her–yet she continues to pursue her dreams and use her gifts and talents. What beautiful photos!

Thanks Patti. Her photographs are wonderful.

Thanks again for writing this Darlene. It was a lovely birthday present!

It was my pleasure Rosemarie. Enjoy your successes, you have certainly earned them. Have a wonderful birthday.

[…] Stroke Award in the Achievements in the Arts” I wrote about Rosemarie in a previous post. https://darlenefoster.wordpress.com/2011/09/16/the-heart-of-a-poet/  Rosemarie  suffered from a stroke and soon after recovering, had a ruptured brain aneurism. She […]

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