It's all about the texture!!! When I retired from the gallery business in 2014, I had a vision to create a new line of artwork that would involve multiple mediums, material that was shiny and carried its own light, a special texture that was underneath the image, and something that has never been done before in the art world.
I begin with creating the canvas or what I call a substrate. Each painting has its own unique and professionally built frame substrate that is surfaced by a special texture and then hand pressed with aluminum, gold leaf, or silver leaf. This process has taken me several years to perfect. It is an entirely new method, with usually 4-5 layers of work underneath the image that makes each piece a one-of-a-kind and to the naked eye, gives the view another element of depth to discover in the painting.
The canvas is a wooden box frame with an acrylic substrate. The surface is very flat to begin with, until I find a special texture to lie onto the flat surface. The texture is used as a stepping-stone and a guide, which helps me envision what the image is to become in the painting.
This body of work is brand new method of fusing material, paint, leaf, and beautifully detailed images as the subject matter. I use my own photography to inspire the theme of my work. I tend to use gold, silver, and copper leaf because it brings forth a unique light, creating a moment of reflection and emotion, and movement throughout the day as the light changes. All of my pieces are original, and each original image changes in its own surrounding light and atmosphere.
I have two series of works, my first series, which I call my "Figurative Series." This series of paintings are a dedication to our ancestors, guardian angels, and visions. Each painting is meant to carry on its own element, emotion, and personal message for the viewer. The figures come purely from dreams and visions and appear periodically in different forms, but often come as spiritual guardians and self-reflections of strength. I believe them to be protectors and inspire great insight to those who can see their spirit!
My second series, "The Winged Series" is a dedication to all of those beauties with wings! Having lost some very close loved ones in my life, I feel that their spirits often shine through animals, and most especially hummingbirds and other winged characters. This series represents the spirits of our ancient ancestors and loved ones passed on, but who occasionally show up to remind us that they are not too far away.
~Made with Love, Rachael Holton Xo