Posted by: Patrick
April 30, 2013
I love art. Whether it’s painting, drawing, sculpture, or ceramics, I’ve always enjoyed the creative process. When I was younger, I loved to draw and even took art/drawing lessons for a time. Some are blessed with artistic talents that make the rest of us sit back and admire what they’re able to create.
“I wanted to be an artist ever since I was a little girl. I always thought being an artist was the most radical and amazing profession a person could possibly have,” she said. “I still think that, however, being an artist can be hard because not everyone is excited about my art as I am. I love what I do. I have always loved creating art because it calms a craving within me.”
Like most artists, everyone has something that inspires them. For Rachel, her inspiration comes from people. “I am inspired by faces. I simply want to document people around me, including myself, so that I can tell others about whom and what I know, and about my life. I paint myself because I know my own face better than any other face. I love the human figure and the face; I believe the human body is very beautiful.”
Even though she finds her inspiration through the human figure and enjoys that, she has painted some traditional, Arizona landscapes. Her work includes an art studio classroom at ASU overlooking monument Valley Arizona, as well as, a still life painting about horse culture in Arizona.
“Most of the portraits I have painted are about Arizona in a wider sense, because they are about my experiences while living here. Arizona, and my portrait subjects that I have met here, are very dear to me and I want others to know their roles in my life.”