Rocio Nell was born in Portugal, relocating
to the United States in 1972 to pursue studies
in psychiatry and psychoanalysis.
Always interested in drawing and the arts,
she discovered the magic of oils in 1972
after graduating from medical school in Seville,
Spain. She spent a year painting still life's,
fascinated with the textures, shapes and the
processes of painting.
After completing her formal training in
Psychiatry, she settled in the United States,
intent on practicing psychiatry as a service
to the public patient. Painting became an
attraction to help keep her own sanity and
give form to the memories and longing of her
homeland. Painting steadily since 1980,
she gradually developed a style of her own,
expanding her work to many subjects, but
with a preference for the bright scenes of
Painting became a source of enrichment
as an individual and professional integrating
her two main areas of interest into one.
Therapy interventions are filled with
symbolism of what has been learned through
the process of painting. Artwork represents
symbolism of reflections of thinking as a
psychiatrist that is discovered afterwards
and frequently expressed in "thoughts"
that accompany some painting, Roccio Nell
was able to tap into her creativity and develop
further as an individual and a physician.