Rochelle Mason, Painter
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Helping People Connect With Nature Through Art

Rochelle Mason, Painter

Rochelle Mason, PainterRochelle Mason has been painting animals professionally since 1980 and in 1990 began focusing her talents on endangered species. Nowadays she is especially passionate about representing unpopular animals and those that get little public attention.

"My Mom taught me the most valuable lesson about animals when I was young: respect them and learn from them", says Rochelle. "At the time, I was dealing with a spider."

Knowing most people don't like animals such as snakes and spiders and bats and bugs, it has become Mason's personal mission to help people see nature's beauty, understand it's value, and transcend "speciesism". Mason's new series of abstract paintings, Focus on NatureTM: Beyond Eden, reveals alluring attributes of these unpopular animals, so ambiguous viewers get immersed in currents of color, eddies of paint and intriguing, whimsical shapes that beg a closer look, inviting curiosity and fascination.

Numerous traveling exhibitions of Mason's paintings featured primarily in natural history museums and her nationally-published column, Focus on NatureTM: Insight into the Lives of Animals, have helped Rochelle accomplish her mission.

A science degree in Veterinary Technology, neatly tucked in her back pocket, has been advantageous in understanding the anatomy of who and what she's painting, from arthropod skeletal structure to wing venation. Rochelle also covertly weaves her interests in cosmology and quantum mechanics into her work. She loves defining loose, spontaneous brush strokes, adding minute details and offering uber close-up perspectives.


Rochelle Mason (c. 1958, Chicago IL)



Midwest Museum of Natural History; Sycamore, Illinois


Discovery Museum, World Forestry Center; Portland, Oregon


Earl Bane Gallery; Salina, Kansas


Bern Natural History Museum; Bern, Switzerland


Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History; Pacific Grove, California


Oxford University Museum of Natural History; Oxford, England


Feline Conservation Federation; Dallas, Texas


Bishop Museum; Honolulu, Hawaii


Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens; Honolulu, Hawaii


Lyman Museum; Hilo, Hawaii


Kaua’i Museum; Lihue, Hawaii


Volcano Art Center Gallery; Volcano, Hawaii


Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History; Pacific Grove, California


San Diego Natural History Museum; San Diego, California


Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge; Newark, California


Yosemite Museum; Yosemite National Park, California


Coastal Gallery; Half Moon Bay, California


San Francisco International Airport; San Francisco, California


Big Basin Redwoods State Park; Boulder Creek, California


Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park; Felton, California


Coyote Point Museum; San Mateo, California


Lindsay Wildlife Museum; Walnut Creek, California


Point Reyes National Seashore; Point Reyes, California


State Capitol Building, Sacramento, California

Illustrated columns
Focus on Nature: Insight into the Lives of Animals
Endangered Species UPDATE (University of Michigan)
ESA Today (Endangered Species Coalition)
                  Endangered Species Bulletin (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

                  Wildlife Art Magazine
                  Hawaii Island Journal
                  Coast Views Magazine
                  Half Moon Bay Review
                  Feline Conservation Federation Magazine
                  Turtle Talk (Sea Turtle Preservation Society)
                  Endangered Species and Wetlands Report
                  Outdoor America Magazine (Isaak Walton League of America)
                  Mockingbird Chronicles (South Plains Wildlife Rehab Center)
                  Big Island Drive Guide
                  News of the Lepidopterist's Society
                  Volcano Community News

Arts for the AnimalsTM
1992-1995  Arts for the AnimalsTM, created by Rochelle Mason, is/was a contest and exhibit of endangered species artwork created by school children to help increase their understanding of these species through active involvement.

Private Collections

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit; Abingdon, England
Additional works held in private collections in Tokyo, Japan; northern California; North Carolina

Selected Bibliography

"Wildkatzen dieser Welt", Schweizer Familie Magazine, Bern, Switzerland Mar 2009
"Feline Conservation Federation News", Feline Conservation Federation, monthly issues, 2007-2009
“Natures Way”, Wildlife Art Magazine, Mar/Apr 2006
 O’Neill, Gwen “Arts and Entertainment”, Coast Views Magazine, Half Moon Bay, California, Nov 2005
 Trevenon, Stacy “Spotlighting Species on the Brink”, Half Moon Bay Review, Half Moon Bay, California, June 10, 1998
“Bay Area Artists Capture Pets on Canvas”, San Francisco Chronicle, November 12, 1997
Art contribution, Wildlife Art Magazine, Mar/Apr 1996
 Panofsky, Marilyn “Artist of the Month”, Coast Views Magazine, Half Moon Bay, California, Dec 1995
“Educating with art”, Hawaii Tribune Herald, Hilo, Hawaii, May 10, 1995
Japanese Beach Press, March 24-April 6, 1995
Windward Sun Press, Kaneohe, HI, March 16-22, 1995
“Hawaii’s Endangered Species”, The Honolulu Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 16, 1994
 Neswitz, Margye “Social Scene”, Monterey County Herald, Monterey, California, August 2, 1994
 Friedman, Julius “Saving Animals with Art”, Monterey County Herald, July 15, 1994
“Art News”, The Carmel Pine Cone, Carmel, California, July 14 and 28, 1994
Coastside Journal, Half Moon Bay, California, Dec 8, 1993
“Museum exhibits Endangered Species”, San Diego Sentinel, October 21, 1993
“Montage”, San Mateo County Times, San Mateo, California, May 6, 1992
 Hayde, Monica “Peninsula Names & Faces”, The Times Tribune, San Mateo, California, April 24, 1992
 Donnelly, Kathleen “Man’s Best Friend”, Palo Alto Weekly, Palo Alto, California, March 23, 1988

Grants and Awards

1995           Artist-in-Residence Grant; Volcano Art Center, Volcano, Hawaii
1993           Grant to Individual Artists;  Peninsula Community Foundation, San Mateo, California
Lectures and Public Speaking

2007           Lecture, Feline Conservation Federation; Dallas, Texas
1995           Interview, KWXX Radio; Hilo, Hawaii
1995           Interview, ABC Radio Australia; Victoria, Australia
1995           Lecture, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park; Hawaii
1991           Lecture, State Capitol Building; Sacramento, California

Self-taught artist. Science degree in Veterinary Technology, Purdue University, W Lafayette, Indiana

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