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Tiger by Rochelle Mason     Jaguar by Rochelle Mason      Margays by Rochelle Mason     Andean mountain cat by Rochelle Mason     Clouded leopard by Rochelle Mason

Guigna by Rochelle Mason      Iberian lynx by Rochelle Mason      Jungle cat by Rochelle Mason     Marbled cat by Rochelle Mason     Sand cat by Rochelle Mason

Black-footed cat by Rochelle Mason      Chinese mountain cat by Rochelle Mason      Pampas cat by Rochelle Mason     Pallas' cat by Rochelle Mason     Flat-headed cat by Rochelle Mason

Fishing cat by Rochelle Mason      Asian golden cat by Rochelle Mason      Bornean bay cat by Rochelle Mason
Rochelle Mason
Born Chicago 1958

Having developed her own style of painting animals for international collectors for nearly a decade, Rochelle Mason altruistically decided to devote her artistic talents to raising awareness about endangered species.

 

In 1991, Mason began exhibiting her series of endangered species paintings in natural history museums in California, where she lived, followed by a series of plants and animals endangered in Hawaii.

 

Mason also illustrated and wrote a weekly newspaper column called “Focus on Nature: Insight into the Lives of Animals”, starting in 1998.

 

By 2004, she was ready for a bigger challenge. Mason put brush to canvas and a majestic Bengal tiger appeared. The message behind this painting was to paint a series of endangered wildcats from around the world. She painted eighteen of the small species, most of which have little known about them. This series for international exhibition challenged Mason to move into abstraction, and there she found an artistic freedom that would blossom into a totally new style for her.


Representing animals that are unpopular grows as the primary focus of Rochelle Mason's work. In 2009, she began painting large format abstract oils loosely based on some of the most beautiful designs found in the animal kingdom: those of snakes and eels. Taking the most unpopular species and presenting them as works of art is daring artistically, to say the least, and completely soul-fulfilling to Mason.


Future Exhibition:
Focus on Nature: Beyond Eden
Please contact RMFA Traveling Exhibits for booking information.

Partnered Exhibition:
Focus on Nature: Wildcats of the World
2013 Midwest Museum of Natural History; Sycamore, IL
2012 Discovery Museum, World Forestry Center; Portland, OR
2010 Earl Bane Gallery, Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure; Salina, KS
2008 Bern Natural History Museum; Bern, Switzerland
2007 Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History; Pacific Grove, CA
Oxford University Museum of Natural History; Oxford, England
Feline Conservation Federation; Dallas, TX

Solo Exhibition:
"Untitled"
1999 Animal Art Gallery; Menlo Park, CA

Solo Exhibition:

"Hawai'i's Endangered Species"
1995 Bishop Museum; Honoulu, HI
Volcano Art Center Gallery; Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, HI
Kaua'i Museum; Lihue, HI
Lyman Museum; Hilo, HI
Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens; Honolulu, HI

Solo Exhibition:
"California's Endangered Species"
1994 Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History; Paciifc Grove, CA
San Diego Natural History Museum; San Diego, CA
1993 Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge; Newark, CA
Yosemite Museum; Yosemite National Park, CA

Solo Exhibition:
"Northern California/Bay Area Endangered Species"
1993 Coastal Gallery; Half Moon Bay, CA
1992 San Francisco International Airport; San Francisco, CA
Big Basins Redwoods State Park; Boulder Creek, CA
Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park; Felton, CA
Coyote Point Museum; San Mateo, CA
Lindsay Wildlife Museum; Walnut Creek, CA
Point Reyes National Seashore; Point Reyes, CA
California State Capitol Building; Sacramento, CA

Public Collections:
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit; Abingdon, England

Notable Commission:

2013 National Park Service, Pacific Island Network Inventory & Monitoring Program; Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, HI

Education. Residencies. Grants
1995 Artist-in-Residence Grant, Volcano Art Center; Volcano, HI
1993 Grant to Individual Artists, Peninsula Community Foundation; San Mateo, CA
1978 Purdue University, AAS Veterinary Technology, W. Lafayette, IN

Lectures and Public Speaking
2007 Lecture, Feline Conservation Federation; Dallas, TX
1995 Interview, KWXX Radio; Hilo, HI
1995 Interview, ABC Radio Australia; Victoria, Australia
1991 California State Capitol Building; Sacramento, CA

Selected Publications and Publicity:·
2009 March "Wildkatzen dieser Welt", Schweizer Familie Magazine; Bern, Switzerland
2006 Mar/Apr "Nature's Way", Wildlife Art Magazine
2005 Nov "Arts & Entertainment", Coast Views Magazine; Half Moon Bay, CA
1998 June 10 "Spotlighting Species on the Brink", Half Moon Bay Review; Half Moon Bay, CA
1995 Dec "Artist of the Month", Coast Views Magazine; Half Moon Bay, CA
1995 May 10 ""Educating with Art", Hawaii Tribune Herald; Hilo, HI
1994 Dec 16 "Hawai'i's Endangered Species", Honolulu Advertiser
1994 Aug 2 "Social Scene", Monterey County Herald; Monterey, CA
1994 July 15 "Saving Animals with Art, Monterey County Herald
1994 July 14 and 28 "Art News", The Carmel Pine Cone; Carmel, CA
993 Oct 21 "Museum Exhibits Endangered Species", San Diego Sentinel
1992 May 6 "Montage", San Mateo County Times; San Mateo, CA
1992 Apr 24 "Peninsula Names and Faces", The Times Tribune; San Mateo, CA
Copyright 2008-2014 Rochelle Mason