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Rachael Grad Artist Self Portrait Black and White oil painting art artwork

Color is the uniting factor in my art: original paintings, drawings, collage mixed media artwork, limited edition photographs, and gift products. For as long as I can remember, I’ve created, studied, and obsessed about making art. In 2008, I left practicing law to study painting full-time. I use charcoal, ink, pastels, paint, clay, plaster mixed media, and photography in my art studio practice. Most of my artwork is paintings in oil and acrylic paint and drawings in pencil, ink, or charcoal.

I love to paint and draw from life by setting up still-life setups of favorite personal objects or scenes with human models. In the past many of paintings have included self-portraits, abstract interior scenes, landscapes, and human and animal figures.

Rachael Grad Artist Self Portrait while oil painting color art artwork colour

More recently I've been drawing and painting with acrylic paint using bright, bold colors and abstract designs. Recent favorite subjects include dogs, cats, toys (large stuffed toy elephant, rocking horses, and teddy bears) and lots of colorful abstracts.

My artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in Washington, DC, New York City, Venice, Italy, and Markham, Ontario. I live and work in Toronto, Canada.

Pregnant Self-Portrait Ink on Paper Pregnant Self Portrait #1, Ink on Paper Drawing, 22″ x 30″, 2012