Working in both oil and acrylic with great emotion she loves to paint the landscape and capture the natural beauty of nature and objects. She uses color both intuitively and expressively to create a realist image of the landscape that deeply inspires her. Capturing the moment of heightened light and energy on the subject matter and in particular the focal point within each piece is her personal goal. Living in Steamboat is continuous inspiration for her paintings of the environment.
Chris Roche’s Art
The artist found peace, solitude and enjoyment from art at an early age. She started to develop her art skills through high school winning art awards at graduation only to be told by her parents, with good intention, that she was going to nursing school to pursue a real career.
Once out of school she lived and worked in Boston and New York as a Nurse but on her time off she immersed herself in the arts attending art classes and going to every Art museum and gallery that she passed.
At this time she was also exposed to the Therapeutic art programs within the hospitals that provided expression and healing to patients dealing with many different medical issues. This fascinated her to see how therapeutic art can be to the human soul.
She later went back to school for interior design where homes became her canvas and palette. Working with color, scale and playing up focal points in a room like a fine painting. She decided to finally pursue her real passion, and again headed off to college for Fine Art. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Metropolitan State University with a minor in Art History. This she states was the gift she gave to herself.
She has mentored under many great artists in Steamboat such as Richard Galusha and Chula Beauregard and has attended Plein Air workshops held in and around Steamboat by distinguished artist such as Keith Bond and Quang Ho to mention a few. She views painting as a life journey that is forever a learning experience. Art to her is very therapeutic, challenging yet rewarding, requiring much exploration and discovery.