Junko Ono Rothwell received her art degree from Okayama University in Japan, and soon after came to the United States and attended art classes at Cornell University.  Rothwell’s cultural heritage can be seen in her use of space and shape " which echoes Eastern art, yet her color palette is strongly influenced by her American art experience.  She uses bold bright colors in contrast to the more delicate tones often associated with Asian art.  “When I was an art student in Japan, I used darker colors.  But after I moved to the U.S., I often went to museums where I learned to use brighter colors.”  Rothwell uses color to bring out the mood, movement, and energy of her works.  “I do not block each color, but try to flow colors over the entire paper to create the feeling of movement.  Color brings each painting to life.”  The pieces Rothwell created for the Wells Gallery are brought to life by this color interplay.  These works include images of Charleston as well as Kiawah marsh landscapes.  Rothwell is a master at capturing changing color and light as she paints en plein air.  “I am always impressed at how the sun lights up the marsh and changes its colors and moods at different times of day and during different seasons of the year.  Weather patterns also dramatically change the look of a marsh.  In summer, I always love to paint big white clouds floating over the distant marsh.  And in November, the marsh glows with a lovely yellow-orange cast.”  It is for a marsh scene that Rothwell is best known on Kiawah: a large colorful marsh owned by the Sanctuary Resort brightens their east wing and draws in locals and visitors alike. 


The Sanctuary is not the only fortunate holder of Rothwell’s work.  Her works have been purchased by the State of Georgia and many corporations including the Southern Company, Continental Telephone, Kaiser Permanente, Prime Bank, Nations Bank, George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and the Northwest Memorial Hospital in Chicago.


Rothwell’s work has appeared in Best of Pastel (Rockport Publishers, 1996), Portrait Inspirations (Rockport Publishers, 1997), Best of Flower Painting 2 (North Light Books, 1999), The Best of Sketching and Drawing (Quarry Books, 1999) and Pure Color (Northlight Books, 2006).  She was one of four artists featured in the “Unforgettable Landscapes: Different Approaches to Light and Texture” article in The Pastel Journal (May/June, 2000).  Rothwell also illustrated a children’s book in Japanese: M. McLaughlin, Minna no koe ga kikoeru (Bungeisha, 2002).

Charleston Rooftop, Eastern View
Bowens Island Marsh in October
Red Shovel
Sunset in March
Coastal Marsh Sunrise, Summer
Shrimp Boats, II
Sapelo Island Marsh
Gulls and Royal Tern
Kiawah Marsh, from Marsh Island Drive
Coastal Marsh Sunset
Morning Light in Rome Italy
Old Farm House
View of Todi, Italy
Bridge to Vatican, II
Marseille, II
Still Life with Vase
Study of Summer Sunset
Sunrise on Coastal Marsh
Marsh Island Park in Fall
Trees at the Ocean Course
Ocean Course Hole 7
Sunrise on Ocean
SoldCharleston Rooftop, Western View
SoldGulls on Afternoon Beach
SoldShrimp Boats, I
SoldBirds at Marsh View Park
SoldView of Charleston
SoldOcean Course Clubhouse
SoldPeach Harvest
SoldCharleston Rooftops
SoldBirds on Morning Beach
SoldKiawah Marsh View
SoldBirds on Marsh
SoldMorning Light on Beach