rocio mariposa
original paintings & illustrations


Plein air painting in the Ventura River Preserve.

Plein air painting in the Ventura River Preserve.


Rocio is an artist living in Ojai, California. Born in Washington DC, she spent her childhood traveling to Peru for extended visits with her family. These early experiences in Peruvian culture influence every aspect of her work. Her subject matter evokes a deep reverence for our mountain ancestors, sacred plant teachers and grandmother moon. Her color palette reflects the colorful plant dyed Peruvian textiles of her childhood.

Rocio enjoys hiking and camping with her husband and finds California’s majestic landscapes and native species one of her greatest sources of inspiration. A devoted plein air painter, she often takes her art supplies along in a backpack, combining her passions for exploring the outdoors and making art. 

She begins her landscapes and plant studies in the field, sketching in watercolor pencil and then paints a few layers with watercolor. Later in the studio, she adds details and line work with watercolor and gouache. The slow process of layering washes of soft color blends and vibrant texture gives her paintings a storybook quality that is based in careful observation of the physical world with an added dose of imagination.