1. Tell us a little about yourself
Those who know me know I am quiet person, hence why I paint haha. I’m originally Srilankan, I grew up in Zambia, New Zealand, and here in Australia.
I have a background in interior design, and at the present time finishing off a degree in architecture.
I decided to try something new a year ago and started to paint. I am 25 years old and I am self taught, recently working on my freelance work. I still have development in terms of skill to achieve as an artist, but then again I will tell you the same thing when I am 60. In life you never stop learning and you have to be open to that.
Cheesy as it sounds, if I could just touch one person, with one painting, then I am happy.
2. Tell us a bit about your recent work
I have been exploring with vibrant colours and concepts dealing with real world subjects, taking inspirations from street artists.
Lately I finished off an exhibition and now looking at doing other commission works.
3. Who in your family do you think you got your artistic talent from?
Both of my parents are very creative; mum does a lot of event planning and my dad is the artist in our family. He taught me to draw when I was little. Kids are always told draw neatly, but I remember thinking; he would draw with messy lines that didn’t join up, and he would tell me to just go with it. That’s exactly what I did.
“Lake Rotoiti, New Zealand”
4. Is there any genre of painting you like doing the most?
For paintings lately I am in love with the world of street art. I feel street art expresses issues that are ignored and need to be addressed, the placement of the artwork means the message goes out to the norm public, I am intrigued with bringing this style indoors with my work.
I also have recently been studying landscape artists to develop my skill in that area, I enjoy all genres of painting to be honest.
5. What are 5 things you enjoy besides painting?
My boyfriend, I can listen to him playing guitar all day
My two dogs
Camping trips and bbq’s on the beach with good friends
6. How do these things inspire your art?
My boyfriend plays a huge part, he inspired me to I picked up a paint brush a year ago.
I draw inspiration from many aspects of my life, the good people in it, their conversations, and the natural surroundings.
7. What 5 songs are on your iPod playlist?
Seriously I have a bizarre taste! I listen to everything. And I mean everything. Big fan of the old school, I grew up to a lot of reggae.
8. Do you listen to any music while painting?
I do, but I find that – as cheesy as this sounds – I get lost in my art and forget the music is even on.
“The one from the light”
9. I’ve noticed that you really love using a lot of vibrant colours in your paintings. Why is that?
I love to play with colour and textures to intrigue the viewer to discover the intended message, done through play on visual sensibilities. I
believe art is a means of communication, to speak the unheard, in a unique way.
I like to draw emotions and a sense of hope and realisation for the subject being displayed. Colour forces emotions out of a person without them knowing.
“Lady and Lion”
10. What influence does your life experience and where you grew up have on your art?
I had a pet monkey for a while in Zambia. Growing up I would always bring home injured birds/animals because I was constantly trying to save the world! Yes I’m an animal lover hence my paintings of animals.
Also I have seen the best and worst of the world, I admire how those who have nothing in third world countries are just the happiest and grateful people. They have this innocence that isn’t corrupted by today’s modern cultural pressure. This has influenced me a great deal to appreciate the world and it’s natural beauty.
11. Where do you get inspiration and ideas from when it just feels like nothing is coming to mind?
To be honest with you I find inspiration is endless! I find we are instantly looking at the big picture, but we forget to look at what’s in front of us. Something as simple as a leaf can inspire you if you look closely.
12. What message are you trying to convey through your art?
Whilst doing my art, I find that although I am busy, I pay so much attention to details around me because I am trying to capture a certain thing. I want people to do the same, to stop, and take some time to look at it and around them.
There is always a hidden message in my paintings; art is very subjective, I leave it for the viewer to interpret for themselves.
13. What projects do you have in mind for the future?
I am currently working on my freelance business “AlahendraRo” of art works as well as interior design. I do artwork commissions and I am always up for collaborative work.
People are able to contact me at email@example.com.
14. Do you have any advice or hints for other young upcoming artists?
Of course the end result is important, but I think the passion and path taken to get there is what counts, so just make the time and enjoy the ride.
If you have any questions about, or are interested in Rochelle’s work (who wouldn’t be?! It’s amazing!!!), please contact her as per the information above.
I would like to thank Rochelle for taking the time to do this interview, and sharing with us her work which is an inspiration to us all!
Hope you all enjoyed it! 🙂