Rochelle Mason has been painting animals professionally
since 1980 and in 1990 began focusing her career on endangered species.
She is especially passionate about representing animals that get little
public attention. Rochelle's mission to raise awareness about
endangered species through art is accomplished by creating numerous
traveling art exhibitions featured primarily in natural history museums
and by writing the column "Focus on Nature: Insight into the Lives of
Animals" for various publications across the US.
Mom taught me the most valuable lesson about animals when I was young:
respect them and learn from them". At the time, Rochelle was
"dealing" with a spider.
Knowing most people don't like "unpopular" animals such as snakes and
spiders and bats and bugs, it became Mason's personal mission to change
perceptions about these misunderstood creatures. And, it's been a race
against time as more and more species slide towards extinction.
Mason's new series of abstract paintings reveals alluring attributes of
animals, so ambiguous viewers get immersed in currents of color, eddies
paint and intriguing, whimsical shapes that beg a closer look, inviting
A science degree in Veterinary Technology, neatly tucked in her back
been advantageous in understanding the anatomy of what she's painting,
arthropod skeletal structure to wing venation. Rochelle also weaves her
cosmology and quantum mechanics into her work by defining loose,
brush strokes, adding minute details and offering close-up