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Paint is my favorite media to use in making art. I use different painting media including oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I’ve spent a lot of time exploring perceptual painting with still-life set-ups, live models, and painting landscapes en plein air.
My love of experimenting with color combinations and intensities can be seen most prominently in my painting. I am fascinated by the interplay of light and shadow, in particular on humans and animals. This has led to many figurative paintings and artwork of domesticated animals.
In the past, I focused on honing my perceptual painting and drawing skills by working from life. More recently I have become interested in combining perceptual observations with conceptual ideas. Some of my pieces have become more abstract as a result of this experimentation.
Want an original painting made just for you? I’m available for live painting events and select commissioned artwork. If you’re interested in finding out more about my paintings, please visit my Blog, join my email Newsletter “Postcards from the Studio of Rachael Grad,” or contact me.