Norwegian Brush
Norwegian Rosemaling 
by Mary Koehler


Norwegian Rosemaling by Mary Koehler              Specializing in the Rogaland Style
Is a most distinctive and prevalent style of Norwegian folk painting

made up of flowers, leaves and scrolls. Rosemaling was

believed to have developed in Telemark, Norway.

The style of Rogaland is what i paint the most of, and is the specific style

that came from the Southwest coast province of Norway where my

grandparents on both sides of my family were born and raised.


                                                Enjoy the photos!   ~

My story

In 2006 by the encouragement of a good Norwegian friend, I attended a Sons of Norway meeting with all intent to join and I did. There was a Rosemaler demonstrating and selling her pieces. I asked if she gave classes and yes she did. I gathered furthur information and shared with her the interest I had in the art. I went home extremely excited about starting my journey into practicing Rosemaling, especially since no one on either side of our lineage have taken up the art that i knew of--I started with getting the 'bible' of rosemaling: Rosemaling by Vi Thode and practiced reading, re-reading, watching videos and practicing for a year. Within that year I took one of Ruth Green's classes at the Vesterheim Museum in Decorah, IA. In the second year after a lot of encouragement by our Sons of Norway Nor-Win lodge president, I entered two plates in my first competition in the District 1 National Sons of Norway Convention and took 2nd place in Beginners. Two years later I took 2nd place by entering a large key box in the Intermediate competition (pictured). The 3rd year I entered in the Professional competition and took First place and was so pleased. I have been Rosemaling, demonstrating, teaching and of course selling my pieces now for 12 years. I hold Rosemaling classes in my home once a month. I am also available during the day to teach. I am forever grateful to Lois Hoff who was the Rosemaler at the Sons of Norway meeting I went to, for helping me get started, teaching and coaching me as I practiced!

Contact and ordering information:

My creation of the Norway Heart (c)

Would you like to learn how to Rosemal? I have classes during the day or night. Call to get scheduled!


Mary Koehler, 427 Liberty Street, Winona, MN 55987

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 507-429-1361

Orders can be placed preferably by phone. Please order at least 3 weeks before your item is actually needed. Some of the items in the photos can be duplicated.



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