Rachael in discussion with the Berry Art, Art Director - Celeste Hilmer
How long have you been an artist? I’d say I’ve been an artist my whole life. I can’t think of a time when I didn’t paint or express myself through my art. I have always loved art and studied it while in high school. I was able to learn about some of the great artists and explore different mediums. Painting is my mindfulness so I try and paint when times are tough or I need a moment to myself.
How did you get involved? I am inspired by colour and texture and when I see something or think of something to paint in my head, I have to get a paint brush in my hand immediately. I started painting poppies after the birth of my daughter, and the abstract poppies have evolved from there. While she sleeps, I paint. It is something that is very special to me.
Have you entered any competitions or exhibitions? If so which ones I exhibited at the UWA Art Upmarket which was certainly an experience. I was so lucky to meet so many other wonderful artists on the day and I learned a lot. I recently got accepted to showcase one of my pieces in the Salon Room for the Perth Royal Show.
What do you love about art? What is your motivation? I love how you can enter the state of flow through art. Hours will pass and I will still be painting, not realising the time. I love how you can escape the daily grind and express yourself.
How would you describe your style? I don’t have a particular style and love experimenting with different colours, textures and compositions. I would say that I am motivated by colour and texture and try to incorporate this into my work.
Who/what are your influences? My daughter, Poppy, heavily influences me. She is such a beautiful little girl and all of my poppy paintings are inspired by her. She loves picking up a paint brush now and ‘painting’, which is amazing. I am also influenced by some of the greats, like Degas and Cézanne.
What are some of your favourite personal works? One of my favourite pieces is a painting titled ‘The Village’. My daughter is now one and a half, and I am currently pregnant with my second baby and this painting represents the notion that it takes a village to raise a child. My village is diverse; parents, grandparents, friends, family, doctors, nurses. I am so grateful to those people and they have all shaped my little girl to be the amazing little person that she is today.
What is your creative process? Again, I don’t really have one. Every piece is created so differently and the finished product is also very different. When I have finished a piece, I hang it up and spend a bit of time analysing it and making sure I am happy with it.
What are your goals (if any)? I would love to continue to paint and sell my work. I primarily paint for myself, but I am so humbled when someone loves a piece enough to buy it and display it at their home. My goal is to eventually have my own show.
Thanks to Rachael - a wonderful artist!