Simplicity, space and light are themes that continually inspire Rachel Taggart’s work. Although mostly based on landscape and sky, her paintings aim to transcend place and time, to ultimately evoke emotions conjured by moments of beauty in nature; compelling cloud formations, the glow of light on water, or harmony created by various colour combinations.
Gradual transitions between tones of natural palettes are achieved by a constant layering, washing and reworking process. Often in contrast to the softness and subtlety of Rachel’s painting technique, the texture resulting from her use of plaster tends to create a distortion, as if the painting is veiled, or, as often commented by observers, as if viewed behind old glass or in motion. The plaster also adds a sculptural element to each piece, a dimension not typically found in painting.
A self-taught artist, currently residing in Toronto, Rachel has been a full-time painter since 2001. She has exhibited in group exhibitions in Toronto and New York, and has been represented by galleries coast to coast in both Canada and the U.S. Rachel’s work has also appeared on the Home and Garden Television Network and in Canadian House and Home magazine.