For over a decade, Materese Roche has been well regarded for her atmospheric landscape paintings. Her award-winning work is sought after by art collectors and interior designers for their emotive qualities as well as their unusual sense of place - simultaneously specific yet universal.
With classical training, she earned the necessary technical skills to capture the appearance of a landscape. However, it is the quiet, focused study of nature that allows her to uncover the poetry of a location. Subtle light and color gradations, combined with unexpected textures give her work a depth and movement viewers can feel.
Born in Philadelphia, she received her Bachelor of Science from Temple University. A lifelong advocate of the arts, culture, and education, she returned to her first passion- painting, after many successful years in a corporate career.
Materese trained at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and studied aesthetics at the Barnes Foundation. She earned a coveted place in a 5-week master class to study with internationally renowned landscape artist Israel Hirshberg in Civita Castellana, Italy. Completion of the Best Painting Practices Workshop at the Florence Academy of Art under George O’Hanlon refined her craftsmanship by focusing on the use of conservation grade art materials and their proper use to ensure the highest physical quality and longevity of oil paintings.
Her work has been exhibited in group shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Newman Galleries in Philadelphia, Gratz Gallery in Bucks County, PA, and was awarded a solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Sketch Club. Apart from invitational group shows and juried exhibitions, she has chosen to maintain a private studio and gallery in Bucks County, PA so she can work directly with collectors.
The artist/collector relationship is a special and unique connection. I find it refreshing to sit down with a collector in your studio, steaming cups of coffee in hand, and find out what work speaks to them, discuss a custom-made painting, or work on the design of a commission. The artist, and collector, rarely have this kind of opportunity for personal connection and working relationship in commercial galleries.
Her studio is located on a 13-acre farm that provides inspiration and references for much of her work and she often travels to New England for painting expeditions. When not painting, she is tending to her gardens, cooking for friends and family, and insuring the chickens are well behaved. In the studio, or out in the field, you can usually find her with her favorite working companion, Sweet Pea, a livestock guardian dog who was rescued from Puerto Rico before Hurricane Maria hit.
Comments and Reviews
"A mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a maker of patterns. And Beauty is the first test. Through her paintings, Materese Roche continually proves this theory to be true." Diana Cercone, art critic, and writer
"It's not just a meadow or still life objects in front of her, Materese incorporates all of her senses into her work...combined with her unique vision, this is what makes her work distinct." L. Bradley, Specialist, Fine Art Department Rago Arts and Auction.
"One of the area's most prestigious and talented contemporary artists... highly regarded for her masterful compositions". Paul Gratz, Owner Gratz Gallery, Doylestown