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Shacklefords couple has art all around

Art is around every corner in Jim and Rosemary Esposito’s Shacklefords home. From their cozy den to their sunny living room to their kitchen, bedrooms, and bathrooms, paintings they’ve created over the years grace the walls, and Jim’s whimsical found-item sculptures sit on floors and tables. Even an enclosed ramp that provides wheelchair access to the house is lined with Jim’s quirky paintings.

Jim said during a recent interview that Rosemary, who has trouble communicating verbally because of a stroke, is the real artist. “She’s the magic that makes it all work,” he said.

A graduate of the Phoenix School of Design in New York, where she studied to be a fashion designer, Rosemary found her true calling in graphic design and creating illustrations for women’s clothing for print media. Although she worked for various individual and chain stores to make a living, Rosemary also painted, with her large oil pieces often characterized by their ...

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