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Artist | Student | Traditional Art
United States
I’m Rachel Brown Smith, a Portland-based artist attending Graduate School at PNCA. In my work, I strive to express my own unique way of seeing and being. I endeavor to express the spirit of the contemporary bohemian, and to arouse viewers to a new consciousness of the beauty, depth, and interconnectedness of the world.

Employing a saturated color palette and luminous and textural media ranging from illustration markers to textiles, I hope to inspire my viewers to engage with the present moment, in order to evoke compassion and harmony with the earth and its inhabitants. Utilizing chromatic colors, dynamic line work and complex multi-layered patterns, and moved by a “handmade” ethos, I aim to create art that radiates beauty and buzzes with visual meaning.

My work is largely informed by my journeys. I have volunteered in Guatemala, worked on the Navajo Indian Reservation, meditated with the Ishaya Monks and roamed much of the continental United States and Hawaiian islands. I studied abroad in Malaga Spain, which gave me the opportunity to dance Flamenco with the Roma, ride a camel in Morocco, camp in the Sahara desert and explore grottos in Portugal. I have wandered from the Parthenon to the Pantheon and through some sixteen countries in-between.

The visual tropes, iconography, and symbology that I employ have a number of sources: Eastern religion, Western mysticism, traditional tribal patterns, mandalas, fractals, and sacred geometry. I have also taken inspiration from the psychedelic poster art of the 1960s, Vincent Van Gogh’s expressionism, Georgia O’Keefe’s nature-eroticism, and am especially indebted to Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secessionists, notably the work of Alphonse Mucha and Gustav Klimt.

Please join me on my voyage, as I weave new stories of radical awakening and fresh perception, in the hope of re-envisioning our reality, reintegrating the cultural with the natural and rediscovering the truths that have too long lain dormant.

Thanks for dropping by my page; I hope you enjoy.

Current Residence: Portland Oregon
Favourite genre of music: Psychedelic Rock
Favourite style of art: Psychedelic, Visionary, Post-impressionism, Op-Art
Personal Quote: "I do not do drugs, I am drugs," -Salvador Dali

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ComounTigre Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
I think you are a wonderful artist, full of life and energy and reading your iD just makes me want to travel the world, meet wonderful people and make tons of portraits. I wish that i would met colorful people like you. I'm actually surrounded by the grey ones. Not for much long I hope. I'm sorry for the long post, I just had to say it. Best wishes!
PaintMyWorldRainbow Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks so much for the kind and affirming words! You really made my day. Yes, it is amazing to be blessed with the opportunity to travel and create artwork. Just know that you can be the color in people's grey lives no matter where you are; let your light shine from within! Best wishes to you too and good luck with your endeavors. 
ComounTigre Featured By Owner 2 days ago
You're welcome! I'll do my best, no matter what. Thanks for the words, good luck to you too!
Sooblue Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice gallery! ^U^
PaintMyWorldRainbow Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! 
geistvonpa Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know this might not be your style. But have you ever thought of doing your own rendition of tarot cards? Please dont take offense. I just thought it would be cool to have your take, and art, as such cards.
PaintMyWorldRainbow Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hi there! Yes! I have thought about it a great deal actually and would LOVE to do tarot cards as a project. I take no offense at all, and if you know a card company I could go through or anything like that, please let me know! :) 
geistvonpa Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The only place that comes to mind is a local printing company
if you do a full 72 deck I will be picking it up for sure.
PaintMyWorldRainbow Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Well, I will let you know if I ever get around to it. :)
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tamannah Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Friend!!
saw ur artworks! dey r just awesum! its like u hav ur own style...ur paintings r vibrant and they stand out....keep going!!!
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