As an abstract artist who works in primarily oils, Rochelle Dammel finds the process of combining colors, moving and mixing paint inspiring. A Northwest native, Rochelle is from the Seattle area, but has lived in many places in the world. She now resides in Colorado with her husband and two teenage sons.
While living in France when her kids were young, Rochelle studied with artist Madame Anne-Marie Volodos in LePeq, Yvelines, a small village west of Paris. She also traveled to the south of France to study pastels. These experiences inspired her to spend more time using art as a way of expression and discovered her love of old european colors.
Rochelle's abstact journey began in 2005 while studying with seasoned abstract artist and mentor Michael Ottersen in Kirkland, Washington. Later Colorado studies included color theory with Sandra Kaplan, landscape with Doug Dawson, and most currently the figure with Jordan Wolfson, Diane Rapissi and Stephen Perkins.
Believing in the power of giving back, Rochelle has donated pieces to the Kirkland Art Center's annual black-tie auction and has participated in the Seattle's Forgotten Works Challenge where she created 30 paintings in 30 days.