is an abstract watercolorist who began honing his skills during
a BFA degree program at Eastern Michigan University over 35
years ago. His work represents a love for nature and its organic
materials. Working with watercolor’s unexpected and surprising
results, Rocco’s work is unique, spontaneous and full of life.
His brush dances over the paper and creates motion, tension, and
depth - building the many color layers like veils.
passion for the painting process was influenced by such abstract
expressionist icons as Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.
His greatest influence was his long time mentor and confidante
Kingsley Calkins. King was the head of the art department at
Eastern Michigan University from 1960-1979, and his lyrical and
whimsical work had a strong effect on Rocco.
watercolor paintings are an escape from day to day reality.
Unique pieces with no two alike, they create an exciting viewing
experience full of surprises and spontaneity.
intellectual side of the brain making sure that the painting has
a balance of color, tone, depth, and tension, the artistic side
of the brain has the freedom to let the watercolor media work
its magic. The paintbrush becomes a musical instrument, dancing
across the paper in Rocco’s hand.