Rachel Sawan White
Oil on canvas
Fun fact about this artist: she was the art teacher at my middle school! I know this might seem like a kind of cheating way to get out of this assignment, but hear me out.
For the four years I spent at Orchard House School, I enjoyed art class with Ms. White, but never took the time to truly appreciate the work she did outside of the classroom. To be perfectly honest, I didn't even know what her style was, as she taught us about so many different artists and techniques that I thought she probably did everything! I finally looked at her website only a couple weeks ago, 6 YEARS after meeting her, and was blown away by her work. It's unlike anything I've ever seen before; the use of colors together, the fact that the shapes are all amorphous yet seem to work in harmony, and the unique names she came up with for all her paintings, examples being "The Perfectly Stationary Bridge" and "Don't Argue With Stable Furniture" all come together so incredibly perfectly, I'm in love.
What's so fascinating about Rachel White is that she has never felt unsatisfied by the opportunities to show her art in Richmond, and has lived here almost her whole life working and creating art to present at private shows and small galleries. She is content with using her art to simply give back to this community where she comes from, and does not care about status or wealth in the art world. She happily teaches art to middle school girls every day, helping them to find their passions and develop important skills, but also creates her beautiful art on the side. I was amazed by the sheer amount of paintings Rachel White had displayed on her website, as well as the many she chooses to only show at private galleries. Her work ethic and passion is apparent in her work, as well as her happiness to help others learn about art as well. I have been truly lucky to know this amazing artist, and hope you love seeing her art too!
PLEASE check out her website, it's incredible!