Rachel Morton Solimeno was born in the medieval city of Canterbury, UK and has a passion for architecture, landscapes and people watching. She has lived and traveled across Europe, Latin America and now the Pacific North West where she has been living and working in Seattle since 2000 in the field of Artificial Intelligence. She has studied at the Gage Academy of Art and taken mentor programs with Seattle artists Patrick Howe and abstract artist Mary Tudor. Through these mentorships she has learned how to express the seen and the unseen. Her painting ranges from realist to abstract expressionist and portraiture. Her art explores connections between the external beauty of our visual wold and the inernal mental world. While machines could learn to paint, can they ever feel? Can they ever love the texture of real paint on a fresh canvas and the joy it brings when someone connects to a painting?
"Ars Longa, Vita Brevis" - Hipocrates
“I love painting – it’s my passion. I love exploring the world, the light, the colors, shadows and emotions that surround us and then try to reflect that in my art. I use layering techniques, often with a palette knife and add texture to the oils using cold wax medium. I enjoy seeing the interactions between the paint strokes take shape in beautiful ways. I paint in oils due to their forgiving nature and like to get lost in the act of moving paint on the canvas - away from any computer screen or gadget. My process is partly planned and intentional and partly a meditative subconscious process. I find it takes courage to paint more loosely and let the imperfections and happy accidents occur.
“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.” - Carlos Castaneda