Every year they spend their summers on family road trips exploring these natural icons, giving her the fodder for her current series. “The more remote and off the well-travelled path we go, the more inspiration comes my way,” she said. From secret word of mouth hikes, where they have walked for hours upon hours, to shorter bursts of beauty that they have seen as a family unexpectedly, her work is indicative of her personal viewpoint as she immerses herself in the natural surroundings.
“For me, these paintings are about preserving a moment in time and capturing the feeling of being in these awe-inspiring parks that have been created so thoughtfully.”
Like the paintings in her former shows, Rocca captures the essence of her natural surroundings, making acute observations. She then documents in her work, a conscious effort to slow down as she moves through these spaces, often pinpointing the colors and forms that created her initial impression.
Her process, like her paintings is reflective of a gradual, meditative slowing down. There is intentional focus on each brush stroke and a blurring of the original observation, which softens the work. Typically, she paints in the morning, bathed in natural light. All her materials are natural as well – from mongoose brushes to the traditional walnut oil painting medium.