Born in Los Angeles, California and raised on Miami Beach, FL, Jacqueline Roch is an artist whose work is best described as “tropical realism.” Her work is highly distinctive with bold color choices and contrasts. Layering pastels to create complex colors, she’s able to achieve a quality that’s reminiscent of an oil painting. Influenced by her love of nature and the tropics, Jacqueline’s work is meant to inspire those who see it to “stop for a minute, slow down and see the good and beautiful in every day.” Focusing on the every day scenes one can come across in Florida, her artwork captures simple beauty in a dynamic display of color. Her biggest inspiration? Everglades and Big Cypress. Jacqueline loves that part of Florida. "Summer is stormy and great big thunderhead clouds, winter is crisp and clear blue, lots of reflections in the water. I never get tired of seeing it. For us Floridians, it's our backyard."
Known to her friend’s as Jacqui, she considers herself a “purist in her technique.” Her pastels are simply that on paper. She adds nothing else to her work. Although she mostly works with pastels, she admits she occasionally picks up her brushes and creates a few oil paintings, “just to feel the oil on panel and canvas.” Keeping with her purist philosophy, she does not make any reproductions of her work. All of her pieces are one of a kind making her work all the more interesting and unique.
Jacqueline has received numerous awards, accolades and recognition for her work over the years. Some of the highlights can be listed as: 1st Place (twice) at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (the number one arts festival in the country) as well as the Beaux Arts Festival, Lowe Art Museum, she was awarded a special commission for the cabin artwork for Carnival Cruise lines new ship 'Magic', she is the only artist to have received repeated honorable mentions for five consecutive years with the National Pastel Journal 100, she was invited and entered into the prestigious Pastel Society of America as a Signature Member and has participated in the annual exhibitions and winning an award in 2008, and the list goes on. Jacqueline has also donated her unique works to charity for auction and often visits schools to work with children and inspire them with her philosophy of "every day beauty."