Unfortunately, I was not able to interview Rachel Gehrke personaly on Thursday because she had to take a test during the gallery showing. I really liked Rachel’s paintings, so I interviewed Makaila Palmer, someone who has been working with Rachel.
About the Artist:
Rachel Gehrke is a painter that likes to paint things related to what she does and the unknown. She is a Scuba diver and would take pictures during her time underwater to use as material for her paintings. As you can see from her painting, it has a theme of underwater creatures. One of my favorite painting by Rachel was the Porous Paralles II. It has an octopus surrounding a world of space. He artwork also has a sort of mystery theme to it as well. She likes to play with color and would sometimes put her artwork on paper. Rachel is going to start involving more animals in her paintings.
I really liked Rachel’s paintings because her style of art relates to parallel worlds and mystery. When I saw her paintings, I was really impressed with her details with space. Looking at the painting really feels like you are looking up at the night sky filled with stars. It also gives a feeling of wanting to know the unknown…if that makes any sense… It invokes a fantasy feeling when I see her paintings. I love anything that has to relate with science, space, or fantasy because it is something that i find interesting. I also really like the detail she put into the stars. It really looks like an image of space.