Rosemary Bracco Greenbaum Kohler

Rosemary Bracco Greenbaum Kohler

Rosemary Bracco Greenbaum Kohler

Rosemary Bracco Greenbaum Kohler was born in a castle in northern Italy, near the French border. The historic edifice was owned by her grandfather. She attended preschool at “The Asilo” at the age of two. At age three, she learned to paint in watercolors, personally guided by the Mother Superior. She attended public school in Italy, where she wrote and illustrated her first book when she was nine years old. The teacher, Mrs. Rita Di Benedetto, entered the book in a contest that reached across all of Italy and won one of the first ten prizes.

Greenbaum continued her education after her arrival in the United States, including private art lessons with the Bohemian artists during the Great Depression (1934). She became a graduate of a four-year course in dress designing at Washington Irving Art School in New York City.

Greenbaum worked for Fleisher and Disney Studios as a pen and ink artist on such films at Betty Boop, Little Lulu, Popeye, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She was president and art teacher at her private art studio for thirty-five years. She traveled around the globe learning and expanding her knowledge of art and the understanding of people and customs. For four years, she counseled senior citizens at Manhattanville College in Rye, New York, on techniques of “How to Write Your Memoirs.” In the end, all had enough material ready for their book printing.

After eighteen years of hard work, she had her first book published, A Life of Mosaics: A Photo Album/ Autobiography, which goes back four generations from paternal great grandmother, who was an Italian Saphardic Jew, to her maternal great grandmother, who was Native American (Iroquois.) The book is the family tree for her three grandchildren. Her second book, The Sins of Castel du Mont, is the folklore of the castle that was her birthplace.

At age seventy-nine, she developed macular degeneration in both eyes and lost fifty percent of her eye sight in one week. Presently she receives, from her ophthalmologist, a monthly injection in each eye to retain what eyesight she has left. She is also hearing impaired. Yet at the age of ninety, she is always ready to take on new challenges in both art and writing, and keeps busy lecturing on her books and her art, including another book she has written, There is Life After Macular Degeneration. In her own words, “I find that I am busier than ever and enjoy every minute I am alive.”


Books by Rosemary Bracco Greenbaum Kohler

The Sins of Castel du Mont

Dirty Little Secrets…

If centuries of sex, sin, violence, romance and heresy echoed within the walls of your childhood home, would you dare spill the secrets now solely in your possession?

Based on true Italian folklore, The Sins of Castel du Mont unfolds in the actual castle where its author and this epic tale were born.

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