In June 2010, I took a voyage to the island of Moorea, Tahiti's Sister Island. I was heading to a place I'd only read about and imagined, an exotic land that had compelled Gauguin to paint and Fletcher Christian to mutiny. With sketchbook and camera in hand, I went to experience it for myself. Living there changed it from postcard-perfection to a layered and challenging place to paint. The featured watercolors are from my sketchbook; the oil paintings were done upon my return in 2010 and 2011.
A native of the North Shore of Boston with roots in France, Rokhaya's inspiration has always been the natural world and based in direct observation. Twenty summers of Plein Air painting in Provence have had a profound influence on all of her work, past and present. Today, Rokhaya enjoys the advantages of working both Plein Air and in her studio, with her sketchbooks and photographs as reference. It is in the quiet focus of this space that her ideas are interpreted, distilled, defined. Waring received her BA in Art History/Visual Arts from Princeton University in 1988. She is represented by Blue Heron Gallery, Wellfleet, MA; Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, MA; and Alpers Fine Art, Andover, MA, and is a member of the Rocky Neck Art Colony- one of America's oldest working Art Colonies. Rokhaya's paintings are held in hundreds of private collections in the U.S. and abroad, and she is featured in the book "100 Artists of New England" (Schiffer 2011).
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