Pauline Roche


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 also in Tucson, Arizona, and has now settled in San Diego, California 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 has often been chosen as a Finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s International ARC Salon competitions, and she was awarded ‘Best Social Commentary – Runner Up’ in the 2013-2014 ARC Salon. She has received an Award for Artistic Excellence from Southwest Art magazine and won 2nd Prize in The Artist’s Magazine 29th Annual Art Competition. Recently she was awarded the Best Signature Award of Excellence in the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, 2017.

She is listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who of American Women. Feature articles on Pauline’s work and technique have appeared in American Artist magazine, Southwest Art and The Artist’s Magazine and also covered in show reviews in American Art Collector magazine.

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 living 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 now lives in Southern California, near San Diego.

Pauline is an artist member of the California Art Club, a Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, and a member of the Portrait Society of America, and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association. 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.


Oil Painters of America Juried Salon Show, Quinlan Visual Arts Center, GA, 2021

Oil Painters of America 30th Annual National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Escondido Museum, CA, 2021

California Art Club, Excellence in Traditional Fine Art Exhibition ‘Renewal and Rebirth’, (Virtual, CA, 2021

15th International Art Renewal Center Salon, 2020/21

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition (Virtual, with Illume Gallery of Fine Art) UT, 2020

California Art Club 109th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, (Virtual, with Hilbert Museum), CA 2020

ONE WOMAN EXHIBITION, ‘Seasonal Hues’, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA 2019

California Plein Air, Bonita Museum, CA, 2019

Sea and Shore, Maritime Museum of San Diego, 2019

Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, St George, UT, 2019

California Art Club 108th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Old Pasadena Museum venue, CA, 2019

Virtuosos of the Oil Painters of America Exhibition, FL, 2019

Sea and Shore, Maritime Museum of San Diego, CA 2019

California Art Club 107th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Natural History Museum of LA, CA, 2018

Oil Painters of America Salon Show of Traditional Oils, 2018

American Impressionist Society National Exhibition, 2018

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association, Best of Plein Air, CA 2018

Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Cincinnati, 2017

California Art Club 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition, Autry Museum of Western Art, Pasadena, CA 2017

ONE WOMAN EXHIBITION: ‘Near and Far’, Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, 2016

California Art Club Exhibition: ‘California Urban Landscapes’, Altadena, CA 2016

Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, Dallas, 2016

Laguna Plein Air Painters Invitational Exhibitions 2016: ‘Inspired by Sorolla’; ‘Fun at the Beach’; ‘Autumn Colors’; Laguna Beach, CA 2016

Virtuosos of the OPA Invitational Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NY, 2015

Audubon Artists 73rd Annual Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, NY 2015

Gilcrease Museum ‘Collectors’ Reserve’ American Art Exhibition, Tulsa OK, 2015

Waterhouse Gallery 31st Anniversary Exhibition, Santa Barbara, CA, 2015

Oil Painters of America National Exhibition of Traditional Oils, FL, 2015

Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibition, Denver, CO 2015

Abend Gallery Holiday Miniatures Exhibition, Denver, CO 2015

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