Rachel Walter | Austin Artist

Photographed by: Katie Jameson | Interview of: Rachel Walter

How did you get started? 

I've loved painting and drawing since I can remember. There are still some faded, blue Magic Marker cave drawings on the walls of my parents' home, proof that I started early and was prepared to break all the rules, as most great artists are. When I was a little older, I felt motivated to go into the science field, and declared a major in Psychology. But when I found myself staying up till 3 AM night after night painting instead of studying, I decided to transfer to Studio Art, and since then, I’ve been doing what I love full-time. 

What influences you? / Where do you get your inspiration?

Nature and the ability to contemplate nature is my greatest inspiration. Escaping from day-to-day distractions and observing Creation centers me and reminds me that we are tiny members of a vast and extraordinary design. When I’m working on a painting, I get to look past those distractions and extend my gaze to things of greater significance than myself, and that feels healthy and good.

How do you balance you personal time + work? / How do you create separation?

One of the biggest blessings about being a full-time painter, I believe, is that balance comes naturally. Inspiration ebbs and flows at its own unpredictable pace; some days will give you a masterpiece and other days will make you want to punch a hole through the canvas. It has taught me how to let go of stubbornness and surrender to the artistic process on its terms rather than mine. I arrange my schedule to make time in the studio as creative and focused as possible, but I also embrace the ability to do things differently than most 9-5’s to keep the equilibrium.

What keeps you motivation?/ Why do you love doing this? 

When I go to a museum or gallery and see a piece of artwork that makes me pause for a second, I remember why art is so important. I am not only motivated by how much I love to paint, but by the way art can make people stop and think about something outside ourselves, if only for a little moment. 

 Where do you see yourself in 2-5 years?/ What's next for your brand?

In 2-5 years, I would love to be in a studio that’s spacious enough to build and work on extra-large canvases and installations, and engage with a community of artists who collaborate rather than compete with each other.