Rochelle’s path to pursue the visual arts began moments after her first major piece was completed: Dad’s 1964 Convertible Mustang, where, at the delightful age of 14 months, she carved pictures into the paint of her father’s newest prized possession with a pair of scissors. Having survived her first foray into artistic investigations, there was really no turning back.
Studying drawing, painting, printmaking, and illustration led Rochelle to spend the early part her of post-university life pursuing those same disciplines, both as an independent artist and as an art teacher. During a subsequent trip to Italy to study painting, Rochelle discovered mosaics. Soon, Rochelle was studying with Italian mosaic masters, and eventually continued her studies at the Chicago Mosaic School.
Currently, Rochelle’s work focuses on the very small. Her paintings and mosaics range in size from a mere ¾” x ¾” to 4” x 4”. Not surprisingly, this has resulted in experimentation with mosaic jewelry.