Riva Sweetrocket was born in Oregon and has been drawing and painting since she could walk. Her father was an architect and her mother is a poet and short fiction writer, having published 11 books to date. Sweetrocket grew up surrounded by literary and artistic talent and success. She received a degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder but abandoned the field to persue a career as a professional artist. Although she has had extensive art course work, Sweetrocket is essentially self-taught. Her solo show, Handle With Care was chosen as one of Denver’s Top Ten Art Shows of the year by The Denver Post. She has been working in pastel on paper since 1998 and her huge iconic images have the feel of oil paintings. Sweetrocket lives and works in New York City.