Rana Rochat graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in printmaking and painting. She headed to New York and sold t-shirts on the street to make a living. That ballooned into a business she didn’t mean to have. She wholesaled to stores in New York and Japan. Her designs were licensed and the living was good, especially with someone else handling production. So she took a year to return to painting. That was twenty-something years ago and she hasn’t looked back.
Her career is busy, with gallery representation in Memphis, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, New York City, Boston, Sun Valley and Seattle. Her encaustic paintings glow with the activity of loops and dots floating through a vast and subtle background. Her method of thinly applying wax and paint to a panel allows more layering, and therefore more chance marks and drips punctuate her large, abstract works.