Today we’d like to introduce you to Erika Rachel.
Erika, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I truly believe there is an artist within each of us, but everyone can share a story about a time in school when they decided art wasn’t something they were good at, and I’m no different. I thought to be an artist you had to paint bowls of fruit, horses in fields, landscapes and flowers like the masters did. I had no exposure to spontaneous art or anything conceptual until my 20’s. At first, I was like most people who “don’t get it”, but many years later when I bought a canvas for fun and allowed myself to explore art of my own kind I caught the vibe and couldn’t put it down. It was like therapy for me during a very challenging time of my life. It opened up a whole new world to me. I knew this had to be my path.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Art is so personal. Everyone feels something in front of a painting, and that’s an often-undervalued experience compared to the other objects we consider for our homes. It may not be a couch or a bed but I’ve been told so many times that my client’s wake-up to my art and smile or that coming home to my painting in their entryway helps them transition and relax after a long hard day at work. My art is like a message of love, joy, empowerment and often learning. My work in diagrams depict life lessons and inspirational topics, so it’s hard to feel down with art like mine around.
How do you think about success, as an artist, and what do quality do you feel is most helpful?
“Success is really nothing more than the progressive realization of a worthy ideal,” said Earl Nightingale, and my roots in personal growth and development run pretty deep. Also impacting the general public with my work through the support of the upper crust is an important way for me to feel like I’m bridging the gap a little more. I see that happening by having my work in people’s homes, museums, and public forums, but I’m sure there are other ways that haven’t presented themselves yet. I’d always imagined being able to travel and make art too, so bridging cultures is the next level to that goal.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work can be seen on my website, but first hand is always best. To see my work in person, schedule a studio visit or an in-home showing. I also LOVE collaborating with clients, so custom project ideas are welcome. My favorite Collab’s have been with businesses wanting me to custom paint their logos. Definitely ask me about that, lol. Whenever I have a show coming up I alert my mailing list, so signing up through my website is a good idea and following me on social media is a good way to see my life unfold.
- Website: www.ErikaRachel.com
- Phone: 908-887-9091
- Email: iLoveErikaRachel@gmail.com
- Instagram: /ErikaRachelArt
- Facebook: /ErikaRachelArt
Photographers: Matthew Cannon, Jeffrey Baxter, Brett Matthew