Caligiuri, Rochelle Maree

Rochelle’s love of painting plants and gardens developed during her childhood spent on a farm with native bush and a beautiful big garden. As a child, she drew pictures of garden plants and painted flowers on terracotta pots.

In 2015, when Rochelle’s fourth child was a toddler, she commenced weekly botanical art classes with Jenny Phillips. Rochelle has participated and sold works in group exhibitions. In 2018, one of Rochelle’s paintings was purchased for the State Botanical Collection. Since this highlight, Rochelle has created a home studio and paints everyday. Her botanical paintings have also led her to be a finalist in the Kennedy Art Prize (2019) and the Lethbridge Small Scale Art Award (2020).

Rochelle is inspired by the colour, design and beauty of plants. When drawing and painting plants, Rochelle aims to honour nature’s beautiful lines and intricacy of colour. She also hopes to tell stories about nature, encourage people to look more closely at nature and most importantly, highlight the irreplaceable importance and value of the natural world.

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