Rosabel Goodman Everard

Whistling in the Dark

Before doodling in the dark, I spent a lot of time whistling in the dark, and still do.  When I was 18, my family decided I was to become a lawyer instead of a veterinarian in Africa. Ever since, I never knew quite what to do with myself. 

During my years as a lawyer, I had the good fortune of working for a law professor, Pieter Sanders, who was also a world-renowned collector of modern art and of African art. His house, where he held office, was a true museum. There was a George Rickey in the garden, a Giacometti in the garage, a Pomodoro in the kitchen, a Kapoor in the stairwell, and a Mondrian and a Henry Moore in the living room. Among many, many others. With Pieter, I got to visit a lot of museums and galleries and met a lot of artists. 

Later, between jobs and countries, I worked for a cousin, Hans Max Cramer, who had a gallery of classical art: Rembrandt, Cranach, Ruysdael, Van Goyen, Vermeer. To be surrounded five days a week by all this centuries old beauty is a rare privilege. No surprise it was during that period that I began my art education. 

First, I learned art in a random, hopscotch kind of way, by taking lessons from artists and by just doing it. I have always loved drawing. For my 9th or 10th birthday, my parents gave me a very large metal box of Caran d'Ache colored pencils, with an image of the Matterhorn on the lid. Well over half a century later, the box is broken and gone, but there are still some of its pencils in my tool case. I drew flowers that I picked in the Swiss Alps where I used to spend summers with my parents. In those days, my father still refused to drive through Germany, so we laboriously, over the course of three or so days, wound our way through Belgium, Luxembourg and France to get to Switzerland. Then I discovered India Ink and started to copy the drawings of Anton Pieck in my Grimm fairy tales book. Unlike what their name suggests, fairy tales are rarely about fairies and not meant to lull small children to sleep. They are often cruel and scary, meant to be told in the dark around a roaring fire, and Anton Pieck's drawings brought out that aspect. As young as I was, I loved these drawings, full of decrepitude, bleeding wounds, peeling walls and rotting wood. He deeply inspires me to this day. 

I was born in the Netherlands but lived in many places: Belgium, France, the United States and South Africa. In 2001, I moved to the USA. We settled in Washington, DC. Walking my dog one day, I met an artist, Joan Danziger, who became a friend for life. She never taught me art, but inspired me endlessly, shared her many art friends with me, and later on curated several of my shows and helped me write the words to my invitations, and wrote prefaces to my catalogues. Early on, she encouraged me to enroll at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. 

At the Corcoran, through one of my teachers, Annette Polan, I became involved in Faces of the Fallen, a project of some 1,500 small portraits of soldiers fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan, all 8”x6”, made by well over 200 artists from all over the USA, which found a temporary home at the Women’s Memorial at Arlington Cemetery. Through Joan Danziger I became involved with a fundraising project of the National Symphony Orchestra and painted a violin inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, which was auctioned off in the Kennedy Center by Marvin Hamlisch. Another guru is Judy Sutherland who I met as one of my teachers at the Corcoran and who inspires me to this day. 

I joined Studio Gallery in Washington, DC, where I had my first shows, and then joined the Middle Street Gallery in Washington, VA – after 2010, I had developed a parallel existence in the Virginia Piedmont. Every November I participate in the Rappahannock Art Tour Weekend there. Since 2020, I am represented by Andrew Haley of Haley Fine Art in Sperryville, VA. 

In March 2022 I had a solo show in the Arts Club of Washington. My first solo show was there, too, in 2011. 

And finally I could not work peacefully and happily if it were not for the unfailing support of Ron, my amazing husband of forty years, my two canine studio companions, Barrett and Beau, and my most steadfast admirer, my daughter Caitlin. 

Curriculum Vitae

Pre-Art Bio

Born, raised, and educated (law) in the Netherlands. Law practice and law-related professional activities in Brussels,  The Hague, Rotterdam, New York and Johannesburg. Left the Netherlands in 1984. 

Art Education

2002-2006 Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC

1997-2001 Johannesburg Art Foundation, South Africa, and later privately with South African artists Thea Soggott and Isolde Krams (now in Berlin)

1986 Started art practice with Fred Adam, watercolorist in The Hague


2008 Corcoran College of Art + Design: Linda and Douglas Rosenbaum Scholarship for Excellence in Drawing and Painting; proposed by Judy Southerland

Solo Exhibitions

2022 Arts Club of Washington, DC

2017-2018 Middle Street Gallery, “Doodling in the Dark”

2015-2016 COVE, 1817 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036, 6 months

2015 Elementree Stories, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA 

2014 Elementrees, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, curator Judy Southerland

2013 Thoughts and Dreams, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, curator Bill Carroll

2012 (Un)seen, (Un)known, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC, curator Joan Danziger

2011 Recent Work, Arts Club of Washington, DC, curator Christopher Wirth

Select Group Exhibitions

2017 Art Watch – One House Project, with Ellyn Weiss, Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

2016 United in Passion and Pride – for the victims of the Orlando night club shooting,

          Gateway Arts Center, Brentwood, MD, with John Thomas Paradiso

2015 Best of Piedmont, Arts and Culture Center and State Theater Culpeper, VA

2015 The Shape of Water, River District Art Confluent Gallery, Sperryville, VA

2015 Common Ground, Korean Cultural Center, Washington, DC, curator Judy Southerland

2014 & 2015 Members and Friends, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA

2014 All-Member Show, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA

2014 New Space, New Directions, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

2014 Monochrome, Middle Street Gallery, Sperryville, VA

2013 Heat, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

2012 Max16, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC

2012-2018 Open Studio, Rappahannock Ass’n for Art and the Community, Annual Art Tour

2009 CentroNia Art Gala, Katzen Center, American University, Washington, DC 

2009 Courage Unmasked, Katzen Center, American University, Washington, DC 

2009 Fresh – Urban Contemporary Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA; Juror Clark V. Fox

2007 Alumni Exhibition, Gallery 31, Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, Juror George Hemphill


2014 Sow’s Ear Poetry Review (Fall 2014), cover image featuring painting Under the Greenwood Tree

2013 Special Issue Netherlands Arbitration Journal, Rose Window for Pieter Sanders’ 100th Birthday, digital photography/collage

2008 Pink Attitude, Editions Liz, Paris, France, photo from Soweto Sunrise series  2000)

Public Projects

1988 Iran-US Claims Tribunal, commissioned drawing printed and framed as official Tribunal gifts; later used (2003-12) as the Tribunal’s website emblem. 

2006 Art of Note, Kennedy Center (invit.), Women’s Comm., Nat’l Symphony Orch., painted violin auctioned by Marvin Hamlisch     

2005 Faces of the Fallen, Women’s Memorial Arlington Cemetery, Arlington, VA (Organizer and Curator Annette Polan), 17 portraits and Member of the Board


2017 Rappahannock News, 11/22, 11/25, 12/14 Solo Show “Doodling In The Dark”

2016 Piedmont Virginian 11/1, Preview Rappahannock Art Tour

2015 Rappahannock News, 3/26, review of Middle Street Solo Show, Middle Street Banishes Winter

2014 Washington Post 9/20, review Mark Jenkins, Solo Exhibition Elementrees, Studio Gallery

2013 Washington Post 8/2, review Mark Jenkins of painting My Nails Can Reach Unto Thine Eyes in Group Show Heat, Studio Gallery

2012 Rappahannock News, 11/1, interview by Megan Smith, focus on work/studio 

Current Gallery Affiliations

Haley Fine Art, 42 Main Street, Sperryville, VA

Past Gallery Affiliations

Studio Gallery, Washington DC (until 1/2016)

Middle Street Gallery, Washington, VA (until 11/2020)


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