Pauline Roche was born in London but grew up
in Australia from the age of seven. In 1995 she moved to Boston, Mass in
the United States, and later moved to Tucson, AZ until finally settling
Pauline's figurative pieces usually portray
people in distinctive settings. She loves to capture the unique gestures
of people in quiet contemplation and reveal a connection between the
people and their surroundings. In particular, she looks for connections
between her figures and art. Museum settings with paintings and
sculpture, historical buildings with grand architecture, people involved
in dance and musical performance are consistent themes in her figurative
work. In addition to her figurative work, Pauline paints still life, and
plein-air landscapes. She believes in continually painting a variety of
subject matter, enjoying the varied challenges and stimulation that
different subjects offer.
Pauline's early art training was in the
studios of practicing artists in Australia, where she received extensive
training in traditional painting. Her subsequent art education has
included studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and The
Florence Academy of Art, Italy.
Pauline’s work has won a number of awards in
juried exhibitions, including the Gold Medal of Honor at the Audubon
Artists Annual exhibition, New York and others in exhibitions at the
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Salmagundi Club and the American
Artists Professional League, New York. Her work has often been chosen as
a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International ARC Salon
competitions, and she was awarded 'Best Social Commentary - Runner Up'
in the 2014 ARC Salon. She has received an Award for Artistic Excellence
from Southwest Art magazine and won 2nd Prize in The Artist's Magazine
29th Annual Art Competition. She was awarded the Best Signature Award of
Excellence in the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of
Traditional Oils, 2017, and most recently her work was selected for
inclusion in the 112th Annual California Art Club Gold Medal Exhibition
at the Bowers Museum, 2023.
She is listed in Who’s Who in America and
Who’s Who of American Women. Feature articles on Pauline's work and
technique have appeared in American Artist magazine, Southwest Art and
The Artist's Magazine and also covered in show reviews in American Art
Collector magazine. Her art is the subject of a book 'Bouquets of
Brushes, Patches of Paint - The Art of Pauline Roche', by Karen S.
Pauline's work has been shown in galleries and
juried exhibitions throughout the United States since 1995. Before
moving to the United States, Pauline exhibited her work in Australia
where she was the recipient of a coveted prize for oil painting in the
prestigious national juried exhibition, The A.M.E. Bale Art Awards,
known as Australia's premier awards for traditional realism and
figurative art. During her time living in Tucson AZ, she was artist in
residence at Ventana Medical Systems Inc., where she developed a number
of paintings of scientists at work and created a portrait of the founder
of the company, which now hangs permanently in the company headquarters.
Pauline now lives in Southern California, near San Diego.
Pauline is an artist member of the California
Art Club, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, and a member of
the Portrait Society of America, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters
Association. She is also a member of the Australian Guild of Realist
Artists and is a signatory member of the Victorian Artists Society. Her
work is included in the corporate collection of the Melbourne Museum,
Australia, the corporate collection of Ventana Medical Systems Inc.,
Tucson and in many other collections in USA, Australia, and Europe.
Jones & Terwilliger Galleries proudly
represent Pauline Roche’s magnificent paintings in Carmel-by-the-Sea and
Palm Desert, California.