Artist Statement 2015

Rachel K Schlueter b.1960 Cook county, Chicago, Ill. 

Growing up in Chicago, I saw firsthand how important art is. My first group art exhibit was at the Art Institute of Chicago, when I was four. Because back In1964 Chicago public schools incorporated an important new project called Head-Start, the focus was on art, and us lucky little kids got to paint! My tempera masterpiece was of a monkey swinging on a vine. In the 60’s art education in public schools, was presented through contemporary art films and complex art projects, and field trips to museums and city craft houses. The kids had a blast, and the teachers were generous, they joyfully took on all the messy art projects. Those early years shaped who I am as a person and an artist. For me, art is about community and healing. Beyond creating art my vision includes working on a community level to promote public art and zero % commission art exhibits for artists of all ages. 

"The process of painting and art making is so far-out, to me, that I'm on my knees before I start. I mean it's humbling because it's a gift to create, and I don't take it for granted."

The power of art is a profound and compelling mystery. When I face a blank canvas and feel the adventure coming on, I never think about how much work it's going to be, instead I open to the fullness of this moment. And the adventure begins. 

 I paint a lot of cats, and I don't ask why. 

Rachel lives and works in Eureka Ca. with her husband Stock and seven cats.