Rochelle Weiner is a Chicago artist who works in the mediums watercolor, encaustic and oil and cold wax. Rochelle is currently showing her work at The Leigh Gallery, the Andersonville Galleria, Urban Brain and Body and Café Vocar, and her greeting cards are stocked at Artisanal Wilmette and I Love Chicago at O'Hare Airport. She is a member of the Illinois Watercolor Society, winner of the “Award of Excellence” from the Illinois Watercolor Society’s Annual Member Show November 2012, and was chosen as one of 60 contenders in 2012′s national juried exhibition, May 2012. Rochelle’s work has been featured on NBC’s Chicago Fire as well as ABC’s Mindgames.

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Alcohol inks on Yupo paper

First day of workshop

Currently studying watercolor techniques with Karlyn Holman – today was abstract day. We worked with collage and watercolor for half the day and the other half of  the day we learned to work with alcohol inks. Having a ton of fun!


5 originals sold in June

I am very excited to report that I have sold 5 originals this month. Three to my good friends who have just moved in together (their first art purchase together) and a 4th and 5th are a commissioned portraits. I can’t post the portraits yet as they are both surprise gifts, but the three paintings […]

Where the magic happens

New studio!

Ok – the new studio is finally completed. Yay! I spent the last few weeks renovating my spare room into a real art studio. (Sorry overnight guests, you’ll have to bunk up in the office now). Super excited about getting to work in the new space!

portraits from photos

In memoriam

A very good friend lost his father a few months ago, and he and his mom have been having a particularly tough time. He asked if I could create a portrait for his mother in memoriam of their beautiful marriage. Attached is the finished product – it was given to her for mother’s day this […]


Currently showing at Café Vocar

I had the pleasure of celebrating Easter with my family at Café Vocar amongst 6 of my paintings currently decorating the dining area. Thank you to Michael and JoAnn at Café Vocar! They look fantastic and dinner was delicious and fabulous! Anyone in the Milwaukee area, I highly recommend a visit to the café soon! […]

At The Edge - Watercolor on Aquabord, 11" x 14" x 2"

Abstracts on Aquabord

A while back I bought a few aquabords, inspired by a demo I’d seen with another artist. Aquabord is an Ampersand product – a board treated with a porous clay surface that works well with aqua based media. I bought the boards and then they sat there – for a long time. I had no […]


Oil and Cold Wax workshop with Jim Scherbarth

(Above: Sweeney admiring my work. Or maybe it just smells nice.) Just got back from a fantastic workshop at Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, WI with James Edward Scherbarth. The workshop was Oil and Cold Wax. This is the third workshop I’ve taken in this medium, with three different instructors. Each time I learn […]


New watercolors

I’ve been spending the cold nights and weekends indoors painting. I’ve added a few to my “Snow Day” series and a few others as well that don’t quite fit into a series yet. I may be starting a new series…


Workshop with Dianne Martia

In February, I took a painting workshop with instructor Dianne Martia at Water Street Studios in Battavia, Illinois. What a blast I had. Two full days of learning, and experimenting and playing with paint. The workshop was in the medium, oil and cold wax. I’d taken a similar workshop a couple years ago with Lisa […]


Loads of commissions

What a treat! I’ve always loved painting portraits and this season kept me really busy! Here are a few of the finished commissioned works. All I need to create a portrait is a good photo of the subject. In focus and with good lighting.