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Materese Roche is a classically trained painter
who focuses on the American landscape. Praised by critics and collectors
for her atmospheric, sensual work, her award-winning paintings are
actively collected and have been exhibited in such well-respected venues
as Phillips Mill, Gratz Gallery, Newman Galleries in Philadelphia, The
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Philadelphia Sketch Club.
Born in Philadelphia, PA with a passion for art, nature and
culture, she graduated from Temple University and later attended the
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, studying under Peter van Dyke and
his wife, Carolyn Pyfrom, both alumni of the Florence Academy of Art in
Italy. She also studied aesthetics at the Barnes Foundation at its
original location in Merion, PA. In 2007, she left the corporate
world of finance and international human resources to devote her time to
painting and teaching. In 2010, she established her professional studio
and private art school. Her inspiration comes from nature.
“There is simply no substitute for working directly from the source,”
she said. “There are kinesthetic and emotional subtleties that are, in
essence, our connection with humanity and nature. These things cannot be
captured when working solely from a secondary source such as a
photograph. That connection is vital for me. “ Materese travels
regularly in New England to paint, often to Cape Cod or Martha’s
Vineyard. When not there, inspiration for her work , especially her
large cloud series, comes from the large vistas of sky that surround her
studio which is situated on a private farm outside of Philadelphia.
Materese also offers classes and workshops at her studio and she is
an adjunct professor of Art History and Aesthetics at Philadelphia
University. When not paining or teaching, Materese spends time with her
beloved dog and studio companion Maggie, a rescue Aussie.