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A Little About Me

"There is nothing new under the sun -- but there are lots of old things we don't know."
-Ambrose Bierce

I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. It's probably been the only consistent thing in my life. I remember when I was about 5 and my family and I lived in Delaware, my mom would bring home these gigantic drawing pads for me and I would mostly draw maps and obstacle courses for my friends and I to follow. I've always been fascinated by maps.


When I was in high school though, I wanted to make my career in the direction of Multimedia. I've always loved anything related to cameras-- I'm always recording things. Plus, I thought it was a more realistic career choice than the Fine Arts. But it was my high school teacher that talked me out of that. She said I had great talent and that I should stick with it. So then I started looking into art related fields that I could actually make a living with and for a while I had decided it was Architecture. I've always loved building things and I'm not too shabby when it comes to math. So the plan was to attend a university that had a good Architecture program that we could afford, but dorm rooms quickly filled up so I had to re-evaluate.


So I got my Associates in Art Studio and transferred to Georgia State University. While I was still considered an Art Studio major, I hadn't firmly made up my mind on exactly where I thought I should be. I did know that it shouldn't stay Art Studio because artists are generally poor, plus I'm not that competitive. I wanted art to stay a hobby for me. So I looked into teaching. That was short lived. It was an Art History class I took that turned it all around. Now, in high school I absolutely despised History. I always thought, "Why do we need to learn this? It's in the past!" Man, was I ignorant. But I also discovered that it was the type of history classes was taking that I thought were boring. I discovered that the older the history, the better. It was more mysterious. So I changed my major. Though still, there's not a whole lot you can do with an Art History degree, but I thought at least I'd have a degree and it would be in something I enjoyed.


Since then, I've worked at an Arts and Crafts store, gained some design and marketing experience at a commercial real estate company, gained people skills, problem solving skills and creativity at a management consulting company to an ad agency doing all kinds of things, utilizing my creativity and design, multimedia education, and marketing experience.


Now we are at this moment. I've learned that I'm getting better at this art thing with age and now I believe I can show it to the world with this website. I feel I don't do as much as I should. We artists are moody. But I'm hoping to definitely start making a difference. So please, have a look around and thank you for visiting.







Special thanks to the people I feel made a huge difference in my life: My biggest critic, besides myself, my mom, Pam, for seeing the talent and always making sure I stay in practice; my dad, Ken, for being so proud of me no matter what I do, as long as I'm happy; my brother, Jacob, for not just always making me laugh but to this day happily accepts some of my pieces as payment for anything I ask of him; my high school art teacher, Mrs. Dumont, for helping me see in myself what I couldn't; my art teacher in college, Ms. Paterek, for her amazing support and helping me discover my creativity in more depth; and all of my family and friends along the way that have been so supportive of me and continue to inspire me.

Y'all are awesome!

- Rachel            

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