Rosemary Tunstall BEHRENS
Romi Behrens

Rosemary (aka Romi) was born in Wiltshire, but came to Cornwall in 1959, where she remained until her death. A multi-talented and thoroughly creative person, she was as much a musician (violinist) as a visual artist, the latter having been taken up after marriage to her late husband Michael. As a painter, she was largely self-taught, and greatly responsive to people and objects such as musical instruments and flowers, which found their way into her images.

She was a member of the Newlyn Society of Artists (NSA) from the late 1960s, though resigning in disgust a couple of times. With the NSA she exhibited often in mixed shows. Her work was also shown at the Rainyday Gallery, Penzance.

Romi was both a speedy and a spontaneous artist, as described by Frank RUHRMUND, reviewing her colourful and exuberant work. She was quick to tell you that she would like to paint your portrait - and it would only take 5 minutes. Her instincts and opinions were positive and naturally 'sunny' in approach. Her friends were many in the artistic community and included Jeremy LE GRICE, Lyn LE GRICE, Rose HILTONJane AKEROYD, Daphne McCLURE and many others.


Painter of portraits and still life in oil, chalk, watercolour, charcoal, mixed media

works and access

Lavender Vase; Whippet; Mandolin; Hi Henry


Mixed shows, NAG

1988: Art Share

1995: RA Summer Exhibition

2006: Artist-in-residence, Trereife House Gallery, Newlyn

2009: Solo exhibition, '50 Years of Painting', Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro

2010: Christmas Exhibition (solo), Old Methodist Chapel, Gulval, preview to London show 2011

2011: 'Toucan and Friends', Bury Street, St James's, London, 16 Feb-2nd Mar

2011: 'The Female Perspective' Group show, Chapel Gallery, Gulval, April-May

2017: What is this Place? Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn (22 Apr-15 July)

2018: Selected Works, Tremenheere Gallery, Gulval, Penzance (26 July-2 Sept)

2019: Winter Exhibition, Tremenheere Gallery, Gulval, Penzance (16 Feb-24 Mar)

2024: Truro School Art Collection, Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro (30 Jan-18 May)




Hardie (1995) 100 Years in Newlyn/Diary of a Gallery

Ruhrmund, F (9 Dec 2010) 'What's On' column, Cornishman, 'Speed and spontaneity'