Finalist: Chippendale World Art Prize 2017 – titled: Sofala
Masters Degree – Final Thesis
Although written in 2007 I still have fond memories of this time and this is when my love of the Coorong in SA began, which then took me to a new location every year to this day.
I have had a wonderful opportunity to exhibit in a touring exhibition which has had the aim of saving the Bimblebox Forest. My artwork was selected for the 100 birds series that explored the endangered birds in the region.
Interview with Erin Shiel –Interview with Rachel Carroll completed by Erin Shiel
The Water Colour Institutes 93nd Annual Exhibition
Juniper Hall, Paddington
I am often asked – how & why do I produce such a variety of work. Birds, landscapes & abstract artwork?
I do split my time between all three, and for me it is three very different bodies of work that often attracts three different audiences. Plus each subjects demands a new way of execution. The birds need to be mixed media on paper, the landscapes need to be lush and painterly on canvas and the abstracts are working very well on board just now. The birds have become a separate series because they were needing a whole new focus. They needed to be an experience of just birds, mini portraits, character studies. Often inspired by a location but not needing to be located within the location. Just now I am actually thinking that I would like to take them into a domestic setting. It is always about enhancing that sense of character, and personifying nature. If we see nature as something close to us and accessible and thus understood then maybe just maybe we will care for it more and engage with it more. An engagement with nature will surely reduce its loss. Imagine if all parliament meetings took place in a rain forest. I think we would have more rain forests!
The Water Colour Institutes 92nd Annual Exhibition
Two of my most recent artworks have been selected. This show runs til Jan 21, 2016. It is a great honour to be selected.