Artist Statement by Rachel Lahn
My paintings and relief constructions are about movement flowing into shapes of color and light . They are reflections of my feelings, travels, and countless transitions. My work is influenced by the beauty of the land and sea where I live, in Mendocino county, California and by the dramatic colors of Maui and the Big Island, where I visit.
I like my work to speak for itself... not too many words. I build abstract relief constructions out of canvas, with mixed media on canvas. I paint them with acrylic paint. Once started they take on a life of their own. They usually tell and show me what to do. When I need shape and color inspiration for a piece, I go outside and absorb the life and light in the plants, Redwood trees, mountains, ocean and sunlight that surround me. I paint and draw the energies and shapes that are nature.
I have been painting since my childhood. I hold a BFA in Painting and Printmaking and an MAT from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI.