Los Angeles native, Rachel Shultz was born into a family of artists and at a very young age saw her parents happy at work making art a way of life. The house was always buzzing with creativity. Many rooms in the house were devoted to the process of making art and the doors to those rooms were never closed. It was an environment ripe to inspire her young mind.
In 1994 she studied Art and Art History at Santa Monica Jr. College and in her last year was awarded the mentorship scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute under Prof. Mario Barratucci. She studied there in 1996 and used her time there to pursue her interest in sculpture, mixed media and installation art before finding painting to be her desired medium.
While still in school, inspired by her fathers work in the medium of reverse painting, she began to explore this technique in her own work.
After traveling to Brazil in 2005 and being inspired by Brazilian music and dance she started using a dynamic, rhythmical approach to reverse painting. She began to throw and pour paint onto the plexiglas. Abandoning traditional use of paintbrushes altogether, her reverse layering process allowed her to intuitively approach themes of nature while playing with the idea of energy and light as its own language and color as its own content. She examines how color can be the primary element in conveying deep emotional states.
In 2010 she started a practice of meditation that began a course of study which would eventually lead her to becoming a teacher and workshop leader. In these workshops she combines her skills as a painter and an arts healer to help guide others to tap into their creative potential.
Her paintings are in numerous private collections and can be seen in galleries and Art Festivals throughout the United States. She has a devoted following of art lovers who enthusiastically collect her work.
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Check out this video where I give a short interview at the Beverly Hills Art Show