Nora Charney Rosenbaum

Nora Charney Rosenbaum lives and paints in Brookline, Massachusetts. For over 20 years she has been painting in oil on copper covered wood panels which she first treats with chemicals to add variation to the surface.

An article in Weatherwise Magazine featured the connection between her late father’s interests and her own work. Jule Charney was a scientist at MIT in Meteorology and Planetary Fluid Dynamics and developed mathematical models to explain the circulation of the air and ocean to use in long range weather forecasting. He also had a boundless love of nature which he shared with his daughter who also loves the intricacies of painting sky and water.

A member of Galatea Fine Art Gallery and the Fort Point Arts Community, she has shown her work throughout New England. Her paintings are included in The Institute of Global Environment and Society in Rockville, Maryland.

My paintings are close views of the natural world. I start with an image – a view of trees, a slice of sky, clouds, birds, patterns of swimming fish or reflections on water, then layer oil paint over a chemically treated copper panel in an attempt to create an optically complex surface. Light passes through some layers and reflects off others to give an impression of atmosphere and luminescence. Trying to capture these elements of nature is a challenge and the process of painting is always a leap into the unknown.