Rachel K Schlueter b.1960 Cook county, Chicago, Ill.
Growing up in Chicago, I saw firsthand how important art is. I was in my first group art exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, when I was four. Because back In1964 Chicago public schools incorporated a very 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 took on all the messy art projects. Those early years shaped who I am as a person and an artist, so 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. Art is about passion, illumination, obsession and the raw goods of the soul. It's an alchemical process. 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 it 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.