My name is Rachael Padilla. I was born in 1976, and raised in a small town in Northern New Mexico a half hour’s drive from Taos. My father’s family had settled in the region centuries before, and generations of my ancestors lived there before me. I was exposed to the diverse cultures and art of the area. The impressive landscapes and array of colors in the Southwestern skies provided an appreciation for beauty at a young age.
My passion for creating and drawing was with me at an early age, and I eventually took it all the way to college. I attended Adams State University in Alamosa, Colorado and graduated with a BA with emphases in painting, drawing and art history in 1999. I returned to complete an MA in Fine Art in 2011. Studying the art of my Hispanic culture in New Mexico and creating a thesis that coupled that history with my own art and life.
I continued my love of learning by completing yoga teacher training at the University of New Mexico (UNM), in Taos, New Mexico in 2013.
In 2017, after a lifetime in the Southwest, I relocated to the American Southeast (Georgia).
I work in a range of media. Reaching deep to express emotional and challenging personal experiences (“Can’t See The Person for the Labels”, 2017), but also creating works of lightheartedness and childlike wonder (Collection of “Childhood Iconography, Revisited”, 2018). I see the challenge of being an artist in the digital age as an adventure, engaging with online audiences and fans through social media sites.