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Rachel Wold

Rachel Wold

she / her
Seattle, United States


Rachel Wold is an abstract artist based in Seattle, Washington. She grew up drawing, painting, and exploring the Pacific Northwest and finds solace and inspiration in nature. Although prolific early in life, Rachel fell out of a creative lifestyle in her mid-twenties after pursuing degrees and a career in science. She works in ocean science at the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Lab and has led research cruises throughout Washington waters. Ideas for artworks would occasionally surface but she didn’t know where or how to start.
After suffering first a miscarriage, then postpartum depression after the birth of her second child, she picked up an old sketchbook in search of emotional relief. Putting pen to paper again after a decade hiatus reignited her creative passion. She now makes time for her healing art practice around her fulfilling work and raising two small children.

Artist Statement

My art is a form of therapy, developed in response to the frantic energy of modern life. I use expressive abstraction and a Pacific Northwest palette to explore a meditative practice, creating space for what I feel or need.
My paintings begin intuitively, with a few tones inspired by the world around me and mixed directly on the canvas. I move pigment, explore and experiment with tactile textures or fluid splatters, adding and subtracting as a conversation unfolds between the piece and myself. A contemplative dialog of exploration and curiosity. The results are immersive mood pieces that contain moments of calm and space for reflection. I hope that the viewer feels the invitation to pause, to explore the artwork and delight in discovery, to breathe in the moment.

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