Hi, I'm Rachel.
If you're reading this, I want to thank you! I am a self-taught artist from Chester County, Pennsylvania.
This is a journey I couldn’t have imagined, and it’s an honor to have anyone along with me. It started with me buying some holiday decorations to paint with my husband, and something clicked in me. I just kept playing, I set up a little table for myself, bought every color acrylic paint I could find and just played. As my "hobby" progressed, I decided to watch some videos and find what I liked. That was when I fell in love with fluid art. I watched video after video and was scared to death to try it. A 4x4 tile felt ten feet tall to me. I was so nervous, what if I made a mistake?! But once I started, the obsession began! My focus changed, colors looked different, flowers and trees looked different, even a door looked different. I see colors, lines and details that I never saw before. I get a color in my head and it’s off to the races, what a gift!
I am a control freak and with fluid art, I can't be. I can manipulate the flow of the paint, I can choose my colors and my canvas but, in the end, I never have 100% control. Fluid art has taught me to let go and if I want to expand as an artist, I need to let go even more. I am making mistakes, I am learning from those mistakes, and I continue to grow.
Now what to do? Where to go with this? I still don't know, and it doesn't matter. My soul just needs to create now. I have found something for my mental health that nothing has ever given me. It's just something I must do. But the biggest gift to come from this is that anyone would want to put a piece of art that I have created into their life. What an honor. I started this for me and now I get to share it with you.
I am so inspired by other artists. I love going to local art festivals and seeing what others create. My studio is full of their work, and they inspire me every day. After watching many of them work, I have learned that I don't have to throw the paint on the canvas and cross my fingers. I can help the paint move across the piece and create the look that I'm going for or the emotion I want to express. My emotions and my heart are intertwined within my pieces and my hope is that the viewer feels that. It's humbling to share this journey with you.