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Conversations with the Inspiring Rachel Eskandari

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rachel Eskandari.

Rachel, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I started with the coloring book phase at an early age. Then, come high school, I really go into art, mostly ceramics at that time. I always thought if I wasn’t a painter I would definitely have focused on ceramics. As college was approaching, that whole period of “what am I going to do” hits and honestly, I did not feel a lot of the pressure that I felt my peers were experiencing from life’s common questions. With the support I had, I was able to truly choose something I wanted to major in at Arizona State University. Before settling on painting, I was a photo major. After someone walked in on me in the light room,that first semester, I was done.

Photography was too stressful for me, too many parts. With painting, its me, my canvas, my brushes and my paints. Painting is mobile and it has allowed me to throw my emotions onto a canvas in a tactile manner. What really drew me to paint is the very interactive process of it all; paint dripping, mediums splashing and by the end of a session it is all over my skin.

Moving on, I graduated with my BFA in Painting in 2010. After graduation, I worked for a while at a museum and then moved to New York for a few months to pursue Art Therapy. After a semester, I came back to Arizona and became an intern for a floral company and then briefly worked with stationery. Nothing was fulfilling me, so I decided to come full circle and start painting again and see where it goes. Four years later I am still painting and it has been the most remarkable experience, challenging at times, but remarkable.

Has it been a smooth road?
Direction has always been a challenge. The irony is that for a six months after I quite my last job I was trying every direction but painting. The answer was literally at my finger tips. Once I settled on pursuing my love for painting I had to make more decisions. There have been failures but I have learned to accept them and grow from them.

My advice would be to move forward and put your fears to the side. Networking is so important! Go out in your community and try all different things when you are starting out. The variety help you focus in on your true passions. Also, I am a strong believer in collaboration over competition.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Pink Puddle Studio story. Tell us more about the business.
I specialize in watercolor, acrylic and oil painting. I describe my work as whimsical with a bit of depth. I paint a lot of botanical pieces. I have been known for my wet into wet desert imagery but also mixing the figure with abstraction. I actually started painting larger pieces again to hopefully show in a gallery this year.

I am also known for teaching painting classes. Once a month, I usually teach a watercolor workshop to the public to spread my love for painting around the community! The workshops take place around the valley, usually a local boutique or a community space.

I think it is easy to get lost in social media and the competitive nature of it all, so I am proud that I stick true to what I love and show my real life, and people can appreciate it, I love spreading my love of art to others, so when I get a message saying that one of my pieces has positively affected them, then and there I am reminded that I am on the right path.

When I paint with watercolor, it is usually loose with a lot of bleeding colors. When I paint with acrylic or oil I like to layer a lot of colors, sometimes creating an impasto effect. I believe I have a unique style that not only showcases a form of beauty but evokes emotion.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Don’t try to be normal, just be you. Normal is overrated.

If you fear something run straight towards it and face it, the results can be better than you imagined.

Rejection happens and it is okay that it happens because it challenges you to work harder. As cliche as it may sound, don’t give up on something you know you are meant to do.

Pricing:

  • Prints range from $8-$30 depending on the size
  • Workshops -$50-65
  • Private Workshops: Bridal Showers, Girls Night etc – start at $48 a person for a basic package

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Image Credit:

Minkmade

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