Rokhaya Waring, Light Pink Poppies, 12x16, oil on panel

Rokhaya Waring, Tulips and Poppies, 12x12, oil on panel

Rokhaya Waring, Poppies and Cornflowers, 24x24, oil on panel

Rokhaya Waring, Dark Pink Peony, 6x12, oil on panel

Rokhaya Waring, Poppies in the Sun, 24x12, oil on panel

Often described as an Impressionist, Rokhaya prefers the term Lyrical Expressionist in that her aim is to reveal through emotions, rather than record impressions.  She likens her process to cooking and gardening, where colors, flavors and textures combine intuitively.  She compares her paintings to poetry and music- interweaving rhythmic phrases of melody and harmony.  Passion and the passage of time are an integral part of her work.

Waring was born in 1966 in Santa Fe, NM.  French by her mother and American by her father, her dual-nationality and extensive travel have had a profound influence on her work, as has her homeschooling.  In 1972 after a year in Florence and another in Paris, Waring’s parents settled in Rockport, MA and founded La Petite Ecole out of their own home, now Waring School.  Her most lasting memories are of days there, the outdoors and the hand-made, camping across America, printing on an antique letterpress, milking goats, baking bread and above all, sketching daily.  The habit of visually recording the natural world has not only helped keep memories alive, but has become the foundation of her artistic technique and vision.

After graduating from Princeton with a BA in Art History/Visual Arts, Waring spent her first summer painting in the Provencal village of Forcalquier.  Her principal home for most of the next twenty years, this cultivated yet rugged landscape perfectly suited her artistic vision, providing inexhaustible inspiration.  She has also spent time painting in Paris, Israel, Tahiti, and various parts of the U.S.  In 2008 Waring moved to Gloucester, MA, where her home studio is open year-round by appointment.

Waring has exhibited in over 40 solo shows, over 60 invitational or juried shows in the U.S. and France, and has won many awards.  She is a member of Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society, North Shore Arts Association, Rocky Neck Art Colony, has shown at the Salon Des Artistes Français and the Salon d’Automne in Paris, and at the Currier Museum of Art.  Her commissioned oil paintings are featured on Tru Fragrance & Beauty’s line of products.



2002-2003 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Certificate Program
2001-2002 Fleisher Memorial, Philadelphia, PA
1982-1984 Barnes Foundation, Certificate of the Arts
1976 BFA Fairfield University, Fairfield CT
1975-1976 Sorbonne, Paris, France
1973-1974 Moore College of Art, Philadelphia, PA

Selected Exhibitions and Awards

August 2015 Awarded Art Residency in Dinan, France

January 2015 Women Artists of Philadelphia, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

December 2014 Small Works, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC
December 2014, Small Works, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

September 2014 Bath County Plein Air, 3rd Place “Quick Paint” Juror Steve Doherty, Editor Plein Air Magazine

June 2014 American Art Collector article “New Beginnings”
June 2014, Solo Show, Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA May 2014 In Bloom, Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
July 2012 New Works, North Water Gallery, Edgartown, MA
June 2012, 2010 & 2009 New Works, Addison Gallery, Cape Cod, MA
December 2011 Small Works, North Water Gallery, Edgartown, MA
December 2011 Small Works, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
July  2011 & 2010 New Works, Granary Gallery, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
July 2011, 2010 & 2009 New Works Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA
January 2009 Four Woman Show, Anne Irwin Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
December 2008 Small Works, Artists House Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
August 2008 The Addison Gallery, Orleans, MA
July 2009 & 2008 The Granary Gallery, West Tisbury, MA
May 2008 Solo Show, Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA

Gallery Representation

Gallery Antonia, Chatham, MA
North Water Gallery, Edgartown, MA
Somerville Manning Gallery, Greenville, Delaware
Shain Gallery, Charlotte , NC

Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs, VA

Warm Springs Gallery

12 Katydid Trail
Warm Springs, VA 24484

Gallery & Cafe Hours

April 1 – December 31, 2021
Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
11 am – 3 pm


Eigth Annual Bath County
Plein Air Festival

September 27 – October 3, 2021

For seven days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location.