Do you remember playing that game as a child where you try to see objects and shapes in the clouds? We all saw things differently. Rachel is especially intrigued by the ever-changing forms that appear in the sky. And so, she began painting them. Originally focusing on landscapes, the paintings eventually took a turn upward and now include little if no land at all. I caught up with her recently at The Goat Farm Art Center in Atlanta, Georgia. We discussed what she’s currently working on as well as her inspiration, process, and what’s next for this SCAD Alumni turned professional fine artist, teacher, ambassador, and community advocate for the arts.
Rachel has participated in many community events such as Art on the Beltline (more about this annual event in our Atlanta guide, here), multiple plein air (or live painting) events, and also volunteers as an art instructor with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite.
In collaboration with Savannah College of Art & Design, The Shops at Buckhead chose six local artists to paint murals in the Buckhead area. Rachel’s mural is of (no surprise here) the Buckhead skyline, and faces Peachtree Street, so look for it next time you’re in town! These pieces will remain on display through the end of 2018.
Q&A with Rachel Evans
Q: Tell me a little bit about your background in becoming a visual artist.
A: I am the daughter of artists, so it wasn’t a huge stretch for me to follow in their footsteps. My parents actually met in art class at Auburn University. I went to school for art at Auburn University and then attended SCAD for my graduate degree in painting. Since I graduated, I’ve been working for SCAD Atlanta in their museums and galleries. During which time I’ve gotten another degree in Arts Administration. So, now I have a “day job”, and then I have my studio practice. Both, I consider careers. Both influence each other A LOT.
Q: I love that The Goat Farm is right here in West midtown, yet so many people are not familiar with its existence, unless of course you point it out as one of the locations from The Hunger Games. But to us, it’s an artist community. Can you elaborate on that for our friends not living in Atlanta?
A: Sure! So The Goat Farm was originally a cotton mill, built in 1828. Now it is divided into artist studios. There are hundreds working here. It’s just a great place for me to work because it’s really built my community of artist contacts. I can pop over to the next studio and vice versa to get feedback on my paintings. And then just around the corner from me is a fashion designer. There are design firms, interior designers, animators, musicians, a guitar maker, all types of creative people making different types of creative things. The Goat Farm does a really good job of building this community. We host two open studios per year. The entire Goat Farm participates, typically in March and December. There’s a coffee shop, The Warhorse, if you’re just curious about taking a look at the property, check that out. You could even see the Goats (yes, there are actually goats here!). And we even have an organic garden on the property where the resident chef will source his ingredients to make us all a lunch. We can all sit down and eat together, which is just really great. I’m constantly inspired here, there’s so much history and beauty and creative energy… It’s really transformed my art practice.
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