Welcome to the page of Christa Rosier.
Christa was already interested in drawing and painting at a young age, but chose to study at the Evangelical School for Journalism. She became a production assistant and in 1984 she became a TV host with the Evangelical Broadcasting Company. Occasionally she presented programs such as Van hart tot hart (From Heart to Heart) and Kook-TV (Cooking TV).
In 2011 Christa died of breast cancer
In 1987 Christa had a son, Ephraim and in 1990 daughter Rachel Rosier was born. In 1996 she said goodbye to television.
She took painting lessons at the Gooise Academy in Laren. Initially she painted mostly portraits. After the death of her 14-year-old son in 2001, she concentrated on portraying the Psalms. In 2009, 24 of her paintings were published in book form, supplemented by short reflections of, among others, Arie van der Veer, Henk Binnendijk and Rikkert Zuiderveld.
In 2005 Christa got breast cancer. She wrote columns about it for the Christian magazine Eva. These were published under the title Ik wil vliegen (I want to fly).
For as long as I can remember I have painted. It was my favourite subject at school. Interestingly I didn't attend art school, but studied journalism instead! However, I never forgot my brushes and paint.
Subsequently, I took classes to study portrait painting technique at the De Gooise Academie in Laren, Holland. I’ve always loved portraits, and painted many over the ensuing years whilst also enjoying painting still-life and horses in movement.
Then everything changed after our 14yr old son died in 2001, after suffering from a complicated disease.
During his illness he found comfort and support from the Psalms in the Bible. Every night he would ask us to read one to him.
After he died I felt prompted to paint these prayers of David. The question was, how?
I didn't feel like painting abstracts as I wanted the paintings to invite the viewer to discover things within them by using recognisable symbols and figures.
It was quite a challenge putting images onto canvas with no literal subject matter to work from, but one I enjoyed rising to.
Initially, this work was a form of mourning for me, therefore it was a great surprise when people told me they loved the result – even asking whether they were for sale!
So far I have painted 25 Psalms.
Now a book of these painted Psalms has been published in The Netherlands, dedicated to our brave son Ephraim.
In Memoriam Christa Rosier (1960-2011)
On June 19., 2011 Christa went to live with her heavenly Father. Ze was 50 years old.
Through these links you can read (Dutch language) some of the newspaper articles that were published after her death.
Through this link you can watch the interviews Christa gave during the last years when she became ill.
Also the last interview a few months before she died in the program Through out the World. (26 maart 2011, Dutch language):