Ms Della Rocca gained her Art degree from the Southern College of Art Southsea, then continued her training in sculpture at the Stroud School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Making her way to London in the late 1950s, she worked as a professional artist for Adele Rootstein Creations and Jean John Roger Creations, and started to get steady work in the burgeoning British film industry, building a good reputation as a scenic artist for ‘Oh, What a Lovely War’, and ‘Isadora Duncan.’ During the 1960s, she was taking commissions all over London, for a variety of clients such as Mary Quant, The General Trading Company, and various London restaurants and clubs, including theatrical productions. She also worked with Alan Jones, R.A., on his iconic furniture sculptures.
After a three-year stay in the USA, Ms Della Rocca returned to the UK with her daughter and began to feel the deep necessity for a more spiritual approach in her life. After searching for a couple of years, in 1975 she started meditating under the guidance of spiritual Master Sri Chimnoy. This spiritual awakening would influence her art in a profound way.
In 1979 she took a job teaching art to children at Kew College. During this time she continued to hone her art, painting not only her own creative works, but also taking on many commissions, including portraits of children, adults, and animals, and paintings of people’s homes. After a day at school teaching, she would work late into the night, usually until 2 or 3am. She retired after teaching at Kew for 25 years, and still took on some private students: older children for art college preparation, and adults.
She currently lives in London and is working full-time on various commissions: for sculpture, portraits and house drawings, as well as children’s book illustrations. She is planning a retrospective exhibition for 2021. She describes her style as eclectic, ranging from realism to spiritual or inter-dimensional. A large section of her work remains influenced by current events, especially those related to social and environmental justice and humanitarian causes. “Through my art I want to contribute, even in a small part, to social progress for the betterment of all beings”.
Ms Della Rocca has exhibited her work at The Royal Academy, The Royal West of England Academy, Courtaulds Institute, Llewellyn Alexander Gallery, The Mall Galleries, The Royal Portrait Society, The New English Art Club, Kingston Museum, and produced 9 successful one-person shows.
Published Works: Book illustrations, numerous music album cover designs.
Awards: Drawing prize: Hesketh Hubbard Art Society, Mall Gallery, Sculpture Award: National Society, Kingston Hill Art Gallery, Kensington Arts Council (first prize), Richmond Environmental Centre Award for Drawing.
Art Societies: Member of the National Society, Society of United Artists, Hesketh Hubbard, Society of Feline Artists.