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Pauline Roche was born in London but grew up in Australia from the age of seven. In 1995 she moved to the United States. She lived for a number of years in Boston, and has now settled in Tucson, Arizona, with her husband and two children. Pauline’s work has won a number of awards in juried exhibitions, including the Gold Medal of Honor at the Audubon Artists Annual exhibition, New York and others in exhibitions at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, the Salmagundi Club and the American Artists Professional League, New York. Her work was selected as a Top 100 Finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International ARC Salon (2007) and recently she was a semifinalist in the International 2008/2009 ARC Salon. She is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. A feature article on Pauline's work and technique, 'Contemplating the Past, Painting the Present' appeared in American Artist magazine (May 2007).
Pauline's figurative pieces usually portray people in distinctive settings. She loves to capture the unique gestures of people in quiet contemplation and reveal a connection between the people and their surroundings. In particular, she looks for connections between her figures and art. Museum settings with paintings and sculpture, historical buildings with grand architecture, people involved in dance and musical performance are consistent themes in her figurative work. In addition to her figurative work, Pauline paints still life, and plein air landscapes. She believes in continually painting a variety of subject matter, enjoying the varied challenges and stimulation that different subjects offer. Pauline's early art training was in the studios of practicing artists in Australia, where she received extensive training in traditional painting. Her subsequent art education has included studies at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston and The Florence Academy of Art, Italy.
Pauline has exhibited her work annually in Boston since 1998 and has also continued to exhibit in Australia where she was the recipient of a coveted prize for oil painting in the prestigious national juried exhibition, The A.M.E. Bale Art Awards, known as Australia's premier awards for traditional realism and figurative art. During her time in Tucson AZ, she was artist in residence at Ventana Medical Systems Inc., where she developed a number of paintings of scientists at work and created a portrait of the founder of the company, which now hangs permanently in the company headquarters. Pauline is a member of Oil Painters of America, the Portrait Society of America and the Tucson Plein Air Painters Society. She is also a member of the Australian Guild of Realist Artists and is a signatory member of the Victorian Artists Society. Her work is included in the corporate collection of the Melbourne Museum, Australia, the corporate collection of Ventana Medical Systems Inc., Tucson and in many other collections in USA, Australia, and Europe.
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