I am interested in creating art in a way that mimics natural processes: letting paint fall in drops like rain, letting washes bleed together like rivers merging, scouring areas like erosion, and building up layers of paint like sedimentation. My paintings are influenced by the time I spend exploring nature.
My collages are created with washes, dribbles, splatters, and bleeds of watered-down paint on canvas or paper. I choose sections of painted pieces, and join them by sewing or gluing them together into one composition.
At their heart, these paintings are landscapes, but, for me personally, the earth in its natural form is so astoundingly beautiful that I do not think it possible to adequately or justly reproduce its beauty in any medium. I instead aim to create a snapshot of the feeling a place inspires by distilling its elements into simplistic striped passages and joining them together, orchestrating a composition that is reminiscent of a place, but that does not attempt to mimic it.
Rachel Harris-Huffman is a New Mexico transplant from the small town of Bradford, Pennsylvania. She comes from a family of creative people: her mother studied art history at University of Pittsburgh and Penn State, and her father is a horticulturalist and radio show host.
After graduating from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2004 with a BFA in Fine Arts & Crafts, Rachel moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she has lived ever since. Rachel enjoys traveling, hiking, snorkeling, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family. She is an active member of the Albuquerque art community, working on projects with OFFCenter Community Arts Project, The Harwood Art Center, and the Albuquerque Public Art Department.
Contact Rachel at rachelharrishuffman(at)gmail(dot)com.