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Peter Roskam Surprises John Lewis With Artful Homage
By Warren Rojas
Rep. Peter Roskam broke from regularly scheduled committee business Wednesday to present civil-rights icon turned solon Rep. John Lewis with a personalized painting commemorating the historic March on Washington in 1963.The Illinois Republican paused while presiding over the Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee to reflect on the determination Lewis showed during the dark days currently being chronicled in an ongoing series of graphic novels.“What a privilege to sit on a dais with somebody who worked so hard to improve the world for all of us. Because we are all better off, every one of us, regardless of our racial background, we are all better off today because of the work and the tenacity and the moral clarity and the courage in light of physical trauma that John Lewis, as a very young man, was willing to endure,” Roskam said of the myriad obstacles Lewis has faced in his lifelong battle against inequality.Roskam then unveiled a painting — dubbed “Dreams of Freedom” — that his wife, Elizabeth, painted. In it, the late Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is depicted addressing a sea of faces in front of the Lincoln Memorial.Lewis told HOH he very much appreciated the colorful reminder.“It was very kind and thoughtful of them both,” the 15-term lawmaker said of the unexpected gift.“She did a great job portraying the likeness of Dr. King and the multitude of people gathered at the Lincoln Memorial. I love the work,” Lewis said, adding that he is torn between displaying the “wonderful” image in his Cannon workspace or at home in Atlanta.
Roskam gives Netanyahu painting before controversial speech
This painting by Elizabeth Roskam is a gift to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam gave a painting of the Capitol dome made by his wife to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before Netanyahu's speech to Congress Tuesday.Elizabeth Roskam's painting shows the Capitol dome against an orange backdrop
and is entitled "Dome of Consequence." The gift is part of a greater package presented to Netanyahu by House Speaker John Boehner's office.
Elizabeth Roskam Readies Bibi’s Dome
By Warren RojasPosted at 4:38 p.m. on March 2
Administration officials have made it very clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not get to press the flesh with President Barack Obama before or after Tuesday’s politically charged appearance on Capitol Hill. But, thanks to congressional spouse Elizabeth Roskam, Bibi won’t be going home completely empty-handed.The wife of Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., has prepared a gift for the polarizing world leader: A shadowy still life of the Capitol Dome. The artist has dubbed it “Dome of Consequence.”A Roskam aide said Elizabeth Roskam met Netanyahu in 2010 during a trip she took to Israel with her five-term hubby. As soon as she heard Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, had extended an invitation to have the foreign dignitary address both chambers of Congress, Elizabeth broke out her paints and began to conjure a keepsake landscape.According to Team Roskam, the ardent artist has gifted intimate pieces to visiting leaders in the past, including a picture she presented to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko last fall. Staff said she has also painted pictures for South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Folks around these parts can admire Elizabeth’s work via the calendars Roskam’s office now freely distributes around the congressional campus.
Roskams Welcome 114th Congress With Vivid Vistas
By Warren RojasPosted at 1:16 p.m. on Jan. 7
Rep. Peter Roskam and his artist wife, Elizabeth, have once again teamed up to create one of the most colorful time keepers on Capitol Hill: the family’s homespun calendar.This marks the second time the Illinois Republican has collaborated with his visually inclined spouse on such a project, the original having popped up around the holidays in late 2013.“She has a way of seeing light and color, so she can capture spectacular moments that so many of us might miss,” Peter Roskam, who helps curate the inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout, said of Elizabeth Roskam’s talents.This latest effort branches out from the Capitol Dome-intensive approach Elizabeth Roskam adopted the first time around — she’s also dabbled in portraiture and specialty prints for visiting dignitaries — drawing still lifes and alternative landscapes from around the District into the picture.“The Capitol Dome is one of my favorite subjects because it can look so different from so many angles, but Washington is such a beautiful city, I wanted to capture more of it,” Elizabeth Roskam shared via email. “It was also fun to share paintings that are a little closer to home, like my garden [featured in August] where I spend alot of my time.”The younger Roskams remained intimately involved, snapping pics that served as inspiration for various settings.Their oldest daughter, for instance, helped stir up a bit of patriotism with a wide shot of Old Glory (featured in June).Another image from the White House family picnic (featured in September) also struck a chord.Extended family played a role, too: The image featured in July, “Patriotic Dome,” revisits a painting the Roskams presented to a devoted staffer after 10 years of service.According to a Roskam aide, who was busily distributing the calendars now that Congress has returned to town, there’s been no shortage of takers. “The list keeps growing each year because the word gets out both here and back home!” the aide said of those interested in counting down the days, Roskam-style.
REMEMBERING THE MAIDAN November 20, 2014
Washington, DC – In honor of the one year anniversary of the Maidan protests, IRI is proud to portray “Bright Horizon,” painted by Elizabeth Roskam and presented to President Petro Poroshenko during his visit to Washington, DC. To read more about the Maidan, see Tom Garrett's post, Remembering the Maidan, on DemocracySpeaks.org.
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Elizabeth Roskam Paints Capitol for Ukrainian Leader
By Warren Rojas
Artist Elizabeth Roskam, the wife of Illinois Republican Rep. Peter Roskam, on Thursday delivered a one-of-a-kind portrait of the U.S. Capitol to visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. A Roskam aide told HOH that sending Poroshenko home with the brightly colored rendering of the Capitol dome — a painting she dubbed, “Bright Horizon” — meant the world to Elizabeth, a proud descendent of Eastern European immigrants. “You could feel the energy and excitement from everyone who was gathered to meet him and shake his hand,” Elizabeth said in an email describing her opportunity to meet Poroshenko following his morning address to the assembled 113th Congress. “Being half Ukrainian myself, it was especially meaningful to have the chance to talk with him; He said he was very encouraged by the response of everyone in the Chamber.” According to aides, the congressman and his wife began brainstorming about undertaking some sort of cultural exchange following Roskam’s trip to the former Soviet republic in May. Brush met canvas in late August. But the project wasn’t fully completed until last week
when Elizabeth added one of the finishing touches — inscribing “Bright Horizon” across the back in Ukrainian. This labor of love done, Elizabeth now returns to the task of illustrating a 2015 calendar for her husband’s office. Unlike this year’s collection, the forthcoming effort is predicted to depict scenes from all across the nation’s capital.
Painting the dome
Posted by Mike Riopell
Elizabeth Roskam, wife of U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, painted depictions of the U.S. Capitol dome for a calendar sent out by the Wheaton Republican's campaign this year.The Roskams Roll Call inspiration for the pictures came from photos taken by family. We'll have more photos of the calendar in Friday's column.
Team Roskam Puts Capitol Dome in Perspective
By Warren Rojas
Ever glance up at the Capitol and think to yourself, “Ehh”? That’s never been the case for professional artist and Dome admirer Elizabeth Roskam. The painter wife of Rep. Peter Roskam spent 18 months preparing various takes on the symbolic structure. The completed works are featured in a 2014 calendar the Illinois Republican sent out to thousands of colleagues, constituents and friends in lieu of a Christmas card.
“At the beginning it was going to be a series just of Washington and scenes from around town. But then each time it came back to this Capitol building that looks so different and so dramatic and so interesting, and it really built from there,” Peter Roskam said of the vibrantly colored labor of love. Per staff, the congressman and his brood snapped tons of pics of the Capitol for Elizabeth to work from — “February’s Dome was from a picture one of his kids took,” a Roskam aide explained — including shots taken at varying hours of day and with dramatically different lighting. “It was about trying to capture in the paintings that it’s not just a building, it represents so much more. It’s a symbol of America, the history and the majesty of it,” Elizabeth Roskam shared with HOH via email. “It’s a work of art in itself and conveying everything the Capitol symbolizes through my own art was very special.”
The artist, who last graced these pages after wowing House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., with a special birthday portrait, isn’t done with her aesthetic efforts yet. "She’s going back to the idea of scenes of Washington and starting to collect photos and inspiration … perhaps for another calendar next year,” Team Roskam said.
Elizabeth Roskam's paintings on display in Glen Ellyn
Posted by Kerry Lester
Elizabeth Roskam, wife of House GOP Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, of Wheaton, is showing her art collection beginning this weekend and continuing through the rest of the month at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. The collection will include a portion of her “Capitol Dome” collection as well as paintings of things she’s seen all over the world.Roskam's website shows some of her newest paintings and some of the media attention she’s gotten from them. If you've ever visited Rep. Roskam in Washington, he has several of her paintings in his both his Cannon House office and his space inside the Capitol. He even gives out stationary with her “Off to the Dome” painting on the front to visiting Illinoisans. We were charmed to see, in perusing her website, the painting "My true love" that seved as her 21st wedding present to him. Take a look.
Lawmakers paint for Sandy Hook
By Judy Kurtz -
Lawmakers and their family members are painting works of art to raise money to benefit children at SandyHook Elementary School.And we’ve got to say, while the congressional artists — including former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Elizabeth Roskam, the wife of Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), and the husband of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chuck Blackburn — might not be the next Monet or Renoir, their paintings are très magnifique. Alumni from Newtown High School are banding together to form the Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK), aimed at helping children, victims, families and survivors heal through the arts. SHACK teamed up with the nonprofit Bear Givers, which donates teddy bears to children and adults in need, for an exhibit featuring artwork created by the children of Sandy Hook, along with that of celebrities and lawmakers. Proceeds from the sale of all the works of art will benefit SHACK. Lieberman and his granddaughter, Eden Migdal, donated a painting they co-created called “Watching the Windmill.” Elizabeth Roskam’s canvas depicts the Capitol dome lit at night, with an American flag waving before it. Blackburn’s spouse contributed a painting of a friendly-looking bear, complete with colorful cheeks.
Lawmakers and their family members are painting works of art to raise money to benefit children at Sandy
Hook Elementary School.And we’ve got to say, while the congressional artists — including former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Elizabeth Roskam, the wife of Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), and the husband of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Chuck Blackburn — might not be the next Monet or Renoir, their paintings are très magnifique. Alumni from Newtown High School are banding together to form the Sandy Hook Arts Center for Kids (SHACK), aimed at helping children, victims, families and survivors heal through the arts. SHACK teamed up with the nonprofit Bear Givers, which donates teddy bears to children and adults in need, for an exhibit featuring artwork created by the children of Sandy Hook, along with that of celebrities and lawmakers. Proceeds from the sale of all the works of art will benefit SHACK. Lieberman and his granddaughter, Eden Migdal, donated a painting they co-created called “Watching the Windmill.” Elizabeth Roskam’s canvas depicts the Capitol dome lit at night, with an American flag waving before it. Blackburn’s spouse contributed a painting of a friendly-looking bear, complete with colorful cheeks.
Roskam Surprises McCarthy With Birthday Portrait
By Daniel Newhauser
Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California is supposed to know what all his members are up to, but he got a birthday surprise on Monday night.No, it wasn’t a successful whip count or even a member refusing to vote for a leadership-endorsed bill. It was a painting.Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam, R-Ill., surprised the California Republican, who turned 48 on Jan. 26, with a oil-on-canvas portrait of McCarthy and his wife Judy, hand-painted by Roskam’s wife, Elizabeth. “He doesn’t know a thing about it and he’s a tough guy to catch flat footed because he usually knows everything that’s going on in the conference,” Roskam said. “Kevin McCarthy is always the guy who’s watching out for other members, so this is an opportunity for him to get recognized.” Roskam’s wife has been painting a lot lately, he said, even doing a series of Capitol Domes, one of which they used as a Christmas card over the holidays. They got good feedback, and then came up with the idea of painting McCarthy.But although Roskam is delivering the gift, he downplayed his involvement, giving all the credit to his wife, who he said is good friends with the whip and his wife. “I did absolutely nothing expect say, ‘That’s a great idea! I’ll carry it to Washington when it’s all ready,’” he said. McCarthy was surprised and thrilled, said his spokeswoman, Erica Elliott. “Mr. Roskam also gave him a cake and Kevin said, ‘This is great because Judy didn’t get me a cake,’” Elliott said, referencing McCarthy’s wife.
Art therapy: Elizabeth Roskam working with Lisle autistic school
Posted by Kerry Lester
Those who have spent time around House GOP Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam can't help but notice his wife Elizabeth's artistic flair.The Wheaton mother of four - a University of Michigan Art School graduate - has completed several portraits, including one of the family taking part in a suburban parade, which hangs in Peter Roskam's Cannon House office building in Washington, D.C.Another, we noticed recently in the field is a tribute to a teacher located in the library of Emerson Elementary school in Wheaton.Elizabeth Roskam called us yesterday to tell us she's taking part in a new art project - working with students at Giant Steps education center for students with autism in Lisle.She said she first was introduced to the school's art program when she and her husband, who represents the 6th Congressional District, took a tour of the school earlier this year. "I started talking to the director...I said I'd love to see you guys in action," Roskam said. After visiting several of the center's art therapy classes, she said she and school officials began discussing plans for a four-walled mural to represent the various seasons."This summer's project is a jungle theme. The theme, she said. evolved as we were talking, to include things they're learning on geography and the animals." Each of the following seasons, like the first mural, will be tied into lesson plans.Elementary, middle and high school students are all taking part in filling in parts of the mural.
Roskam’s wife paints intricate oil canvas for her husband
By Betsy Rothstein
- 05/21/08 01:09 PM ET
Elizabeth Roskam, wife of freshman Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), has gifted her husband with an oil painting she has been slaving over the past nine months. She finished the painting last week and promptly delivered it to her husband’s fifth-floor office in the Cannon building.
The painting’s content was born of her husband’s congressional race. “We really had a fun time in the campaign — even though it was a tough campaign — so I did a whimsical campaign scene and included people who were in and out of the campaign,” she said.
The Roskams and their four children are in the painting, as is Matt Vriesema, Roskam’s press secretary, who worked on the campaign. “It’s like a ‘Where’s Waldo?’” said Vriesema, who added that he thinks he looks slightly different in the painting than in real life. “I’m a little skinny,” he said of the artist’s depiction of him. “I think I have more muscles in my arms, but it’s probably pretty accurate." Jason Roe, a lobbyist with the Federal Strategy Group who was Roskam’s campaign manager, is also in the painting. The artist put him in a Michigan State University hat to reflect his diehard Spartan tendencies — the school wouldn’t accept him — but “humbled him” by dressing him in blue and maize, the colors of rival University of Michigan. Other campaign aides, including Dean Thompson, Roskam’s legislative correspondent, and Brigitta Johnson, Roskam’s scheduler, are also in the painting. David Mork, Roskam’s senior legislative assistant, and Mork’s then-girlfriend and now-wife Kirsten Mork are entwined in the painting. After meeting on the campaign trail for Roskam, the two worked together in the congressman’s office until they decided to marry.Kirsten then landed another job as an associate lobbyist for Roe’s Federal Strategy Group. Elizabeth Roskam is pleased her husband has the painting front and center in his office. “It’s something Peter can look at when he’s at his desk, a reminder of the fun times of the campaign.”
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