Betty Rupe & Craig Rochford
Kimberley on Canvas
Creating Art in the Kimberley
Painted with remarkable accuracy, the essence of WA’s North – proud peoples, outback life, Indigenous ways, and breathtaking beauty – is being captured on canvas by two Broome artists.
In a town brimming with talented artists, Betty Rupe and Craig Rochford have rare, true insight into the fabric of this unique niche of the world.
Kimberley Outback Artist. Inspired by the cattle industry, Betty paints with Oil or Acrylic on canvas. Paintings full of movement and life. Bringing the outside inside and the connection of human and animals in nature.
Betty Rupe is a horse-loving, animal-loving mother of 3, partner to Craig Rochford artist. Painting from the age of 21, Betty lived in Leonora and could not stop her urge to paint the colours she saw.
Moving to the Kimberley at 25 with the purchase of the local horse-riding business Betty chose to paint instead.
Meeting Craig and building a life around art together for over 17 years pushing the train of life and art up and down hills together. Taking turns in working, painting, raising kids and sharing the adventures.
Betty’s Art has evolved from along with Kimberley landscape subject to predominantly horse and cattle industry based. Drawing from her love for horses and the experiences in the cattle industry, Betty represents the emotional peace in her work. Inspired by early Australian artists, like Streeten, Boyed and Conor.
Born, lives and raised in Broome. Artist, Father, Diver, Camper, Bush walker and life partner of Betty Rupe. Born 1971 in Broome Craig grew up jumping of Streeters Jetty and playing in the streets of Broome.
He started his art career at a young age selling hand-built clay sculptures. Self-motivated, studying Art and Roman History at the local library.
He draws his inspiration from his life in Broome, his love for the bush, his time as a pearl diver and his appreciation of history. Studying the old masters, the early Australian artists and the Impressionists, Craig brings stories and emotions to you on canvas.
Craig paints the Australian outback, Wildlife, The Fitzroy River, the pearling industry, the traditional aboriginal hunter and anything that captures his heart.
Winner of the 2015 Kimberley Art Prize with a painting of an Aboriginal stockman riding a horse, titled Flying Change. This painting oozed with the Aboriginal’s balance and connection with the horse. The title suggesting the likeness of advanced dressage move the Flying Change.
He lives in Broome with his partner and fellow artist Betty Rupe and their three Boys (14,12 and 7).