Artist Statement 2019

Rachel K Schlueter b.1960 Chicago, Ill.          

Growing up in Chicago, influenced my artistic vision and sensibility. 
Living in California for fourty years influences my art spirit. The combination of contrasting realities has shaped an eclectic artistic vision.

Chicago public schools taught me the importance of art, community and culture. 
My first group art exhibit was at the Art Institute of Chicago, when I was four. That happened because in 1964 Chicago public schools incorporated the Head-Start program, and the focus was on art, and children got to paint, exhibit and feel connectedness. Throughout elementary school art was taught at a height level and it saved me, because at my core I’m an artist. 

My interest in portraiture developed in Chicago. Observing people and faces was something that fascinated me and led to a desire to relate my experiences through the art of portraiture. 

Cat worship also began in Chicago. Strays and feral cats were elusive creatures. And in the spring their kittens emerged from the darkness like Tulips. As a child I was always after them, especially kittens. I climbed fences, went into burnt buildings, trespassed through strange apartment basements just to catch a glimpse. Their existence and survival was important to me. I wanted to help them. Being a cat artist has enabled me to do that on many levels. 

Reverence for landscape painting began later in life when I was thirty. I took a weekend workshop that had a profound impact. Ten years later I married Stock, a handsome, hardcore plein air painter who inspires me and accompanies me far and wide across many landscapes. Plein air painting is the hardest and most rewarding work I can think of and it’s the one that really stretches me.   

The process of art and craft making is so far-out to me, that I'm on my knees before I start.
It’s that humbling because creating is a gift and I never take it for granted. 

Rachel works in Eureka Ca., and lives with her husband Stock, three cats and one dog. 
Studio is located at 208 C street in old town Eureka CA. 
Open for first Saturday "Arts Alive!" 6-9pm
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