Capturing Japanese beauty in watercolors has been a passion for Rochelle Heywood since the early 2000’s. A decade in Japan and the Far East introduced her to the rare, exquisite allure of Japanese culture.
Originally painting woodblock print-inspired landscapes, Rochelle’s unique style emerged as she incorporated oil painting techniques, offering a personal approach and an intimate peek into a culture that remains a mystery to much of the world. She pushes the value scale to include the deepest darks and intense colors while allowing the light of the paper to shine through, creating works that are bold and dynamic yet calm and serene, much like Japanese culture itself.
Rochelle currently lives in the Pacific Northwest. Never far from Japan, she and her husband are restoring several historic homes and a temple in the old capital of Kamakura.