I paint using equal measures of freedom and colour, exploring and celebrating the textures and relationships between paper, water, ink and paint. I love photographing these pieces and the finished works are actually photographs, rather than the paintings. The paintings are part of the journey, the canvas I guess. But making a photograph of the painting allows me to capture specific detail, and draw out the pieces I really love.
These landscapes could be oceans or galaxies, islands or constellations. I adopt the role of an explorer; seeking, finding, discovering. One painting contains a thousand universes, multiple land forms, alternative worlds and incredible colour and texture.
Each image is Limited Edition, printed on Archival Fine Art paper as Giclee prints 16x24", 24 x36" or as Alumalux prints 38x60" - purchase here
I am Rach. A kiwi girl, who loves art and colour. I see beauty everywhere around me, especially in people and in the tiny parts of the world that are often overlooked. I am inspired by people, music, lyrics, poetry and the colour turquoise. I make images that are about more than the thing photographed. An image needs to be felt in my opinion. I can go a little overboard with metaphors.
I love whisky, (the smoky, campfire kind) my music playlists almost always feature Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Dustin Tebbutt, The National, Little May, Banks and Bon Iver. I'm a bit of an Alt Pop/Indie girl I guess. But if you play some dirty hip-hop on a dance floor, I'll be all over that in a flash. When I was little I wanted to grow up to be a mermaid, but since I couldn't, I settled for being a diver, dancer, writer, artist, gymnast... all simultaneously. A friend told me once that, we are all of our ages all at once. So the little girl that was a diver, still lives in me and comes out from time to time, as does the dancer. Maybe we never grow old, maybe we just create and collect more versions of ourselves and they are all built on the foundation of our truest self. The self that believes that we can be anything, that we are infinite consciousness, pure potentiality.
I would not be who I am today without Evie. Evie is my daughter, she was a Super Power Baby. She was not made for this world but for somewhere more beautiful. I see her in the stars and in the lyrics to Yellow by Coldplay. She is all around me and in everything I do. The marks of her presence are forever on my skin. I am reminded of her in all things yellow and I wear something yellow every day to keep her close.
Because of Evie I celebrate love and life more intentionally than I used to. I have a much bigger and openhearted view of humanity. She is now made of stars and ash and turquoise. She is in every molecule of the universe, as we all are.
My work life is varied and involves speaking to diverse audiences about challenging the deficit language used with regards to disability. I make art that makes me happy which involves painting and photography, sometimes at the same time. I have enjoyed being a wedding and portrait photographer over the last decade, but now, I am excited about focusing my energy into other things I am passionate about. I am sharing my thoughts about acceptance and diversity and they are being heard, adopted and transforming lives.
I was born, grew up in and have lived my whole life on the East Coast, South Island New Zealand, until February 2017, when I moved to Perth. For love. To begin again.
I am reincarnating, transitioning, adapting, growing and learning so much about myself in my new life. I am a work in progress.
Love, loss, grief, brokenness, growth, freedom, hope, transformation, rebuilding... all of these things are part of my story. They are in my past and in my present and will shape my future. I am proud of where I have been, what I have seen, what I have endured and where I am going.
This coffee table art book, is a personal project that grew wings, and has flown to places beyond my imagination. After losing my daughter Evie, who had a rare chromosome condition, I turned my photographic energy and focus to capturing the beauty and abilities of other children with 'Super Powers' - a term coined to flip the deficit mentality and language often reached for when describing disability. I travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand meeting ordinary families being made extraordinary through the journeys their children are taking them on. As a result of these travels, my insights and images offer a fresh understanding and language regarding disability. Photographs of the children, alongside snippets of text from the conversations I had with their parents, form the Super Power Baby Project, a photographic art book launched in 2014. This big, beautiful book was then awarded the Outstanding Book of the Year Award for Independent Spirit in the international 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards in New York; selected from amongst 6,000 entries from 36 countries!!!! YAY!!!! Click here for the full story and to order your own copy,
This is purely a gallery of some of my photographs that I really like. There is no particular theme here, just snippets of life that have made me stop long enough to catch my breath, feel the scene, and then photograph it.
Themes that keep following me or are present subtly or unavoidably obvious.