As I move and mix paint to add complexity and layers to my art, I am reminded of the complexity and layering we add to ourselves as we experience life. The process of accepting imperfections and embracing the unique is key in life and in art. Through my work, I attempt to illustrate and document this beautiful process.
I like to begin my paintings with an under-painting that include drips and many colors. This frees me to look for spontaneous shapes and color combinations that inspire and “talk” to me as I develop them into a finished painting. I let the under layers I am proud of shine through and add complementing layers and detail until I feel it is the best it can be and is something others are drawn to.
My goal in creating art is to share the beauty and transportation art can give those who stop to see it. I make art that offers a place of tranquility, inspiration and rejuvenation for my collectors. My hope is that my art gives a brief break from the constant noise that is today's busy world.
Rochelle Dammel is driven by the freeing process of combining colors and moving and mixing paint. Free from the art training that sometimes bind other traditionally trained artists, Rochelle has studied a variety of mediums and with a long list of professional artists. Her process of making art includes the act of intuitively solving a series of problems. She uses her training and experience in art and life to create paintings and drawings that offers multiple interpretations.
Rochelle and her family moved from Woodinville, WA and lived just west of Paris in France between 2003-2005. While there, she studied under Madame Anne-Marie Volodos in the small village of LePeq. This re-ignited her lifelong interest in making art. Upon her return stateside in 2005, long-time mentor and abstract instructor Michael Ottersen at the Kirkland Art Center in Kirkland, WA lead her to abstract art, and she was hooked. Her family's move to Colorado in 2011 allowed her to further expand her exposure to abstract and figurative work.
Rochelle holds a BA in Communications/Advertising from the University of Washington. A native of Washington state, she now calls Colorado her home. A lover of baseball and a real estate copywriter, Rochelle often notes that sports and houses appear in her abstract expressionism and figurative work. She works from her downtown Denver "Studio D" at Prism Workspaces, a vibrant artist community.