The Forest Hills resident started creating art when she was five years old, and has continued to help her deal with her schizoaffective disorder, which can cause hallucinations, delusions and mood disorders like mania and depression.
Although she has faced many struggles, like being hospitalized 17 times, Rinsler feels like art has helped her to manage her mental health. As both her work and business expanded, Rinsler said her health has become more stable. The last time she was hospitalized was 18 years ago.
“Art is my joy, my love and my therapy,” she said. “I get so much pleasure from being an artist. I network everywhere I go and I have no problem with rejection. It’s all about getting out there and engaging with people.
“I want to give people hope that mental illness is not a dead-end street, there’s always hope,” Rinsler added. “If you have a talent or something that you love to do, get out there and you’ll feel very rewarded.”
Rinsler works with her creative technician Joshua Rubin to create and distribute her designs. She specializes in greeting cards, which have been described as whimsical, abstract and psychedelic.
“People are not always able to spend hundreds of dollars on art, but at two or three dollars a piece, people are willing to spend a little bit of money on my cards,” she said. “It’s so rewarding.”
Recently, Rinsler teamed up with local restaurants in Forest Hills to create a variety of welcome signs. They include Knish Nosh and Bagels for You. Her work is also featured in local medical offices and sold at The Potter’s Wheel in Kew Gardens.
“For over four years, Rosie Rinsler has been providing her inspirational greeting cards and books at our gallery,” said owner Grace Anker. “Her fans patronize her continuing efforts, and we all applaud her efforts to provide hope and support to others.”
Rinsler’s work has also been displayed at The Alliance of Queens Artists, Jackson Heights Art Club, Office of Mental Health at Hudson Guild, and Forest Hills Psychiatric Services.
On April 6, Rinsler will host a show at The Vault, a poetry and music venue in Queens Village. It will include music and poetry, as well as some of Rinsler’s books and cards for sale.
“For me, being an artist is the most exciting part of my life, besides my wonderful relationship with Joshua,” Rinsler said. “Being an artist has improved my quality of life 100 percent.”
For more information on Rinsler, visit her website at www.rosiesoriginalcards.com/