Rochelle Walden is a commissioned portrait artist that lives in the wooded, beachy wonderland of the Pacific Northwest.
Fine art is a relatively new career path for Rochelle, coming after two other careers; the first as a buyer and merchandiser for a large kitchen and home goods retailer in Colorado, and the other as the owner of two small businesses where she trained and booked contract face-painters, in Colorado and Washington State. Rochelle has also moonlighted in small-business coaching, staging products for magazines, and teaching classes in retail merchandising.
A face-painter over about 20 years, Rochelle has painted thousands and thousands of kids with her groups at area markets, festivals and parties. Body-painting developed out of face-painting and has included live body-painting stage performances, weddings, print-advertising, private gala and fundraising events, Halloween contests, and world naked-bike rides. Rochelle has won a number of awards in face and body-painting competitions , and was an artist rep and online instructor for a facepaint distributor, Facepaint Forum Shop.
Canvas painting became a stress reliever in 2017 after an authoritarian, bigoted, grifter was elected to the highest office in our democracy. It rapidly became a new love, and commissioned portraiture has become Rochelle's mainstay, although she loves to face-paint at local events when she can find the time. She has a big heart for people, animals, and social justice issues, and that directs most of her work and commissions. Between commissions, she is building a body of abstract work, a nostalgic home-decor related line of work, and illustrations for a children's book.
She is a member of the Puget Sound group of Northwest Artists, a featured artist and retailer on Fine Art America, has held a solo show at Locus Wines in Pioneer Square, Seattle , and winner of two recent awards including the Judge's Choice Award, from the Contemporary Art Gallery Online. She is the proud mother of two remarkable adults, and lives in Seattle with her indulgent husband of 28 years, her gang of street-smart urban chickens, and two resident art-critics, a pair of sibling rescue cats from New Orleans, June-Bug and Dupree.