Rachel Houseman

Artist Statement for ColorScapes Series

Inspired by the beauty of the Southwest, these are not your average Plein Air Paintings. The series began in 2004 on a road trip around the Southwestern deserts. Each painting is created on-site with the intuition, color and vision of the desert as the artist's visionary eye sees it. Each subject matter is selected through a process of scouting and sketching and painting. The colors are added in a layering process similar to lightness and care of a watercolor. The visionary, "psychedelic," colors are interpreted from what is seen with the eye and what is intuited from the land with the heart. Each tree, cloud, cactus and mountain has a source of light from within that the artist can fine tune through the process of creation. The ColorScapes are impressions from the land, expressions from the "eyes of the heart." The artist encourages her students to “see beyond the ordinary”  in order for them to tune into subtle yet visible colors in the landscape. In Pursuit of creating moving and emotional art, the inspiration of the Earth must be a part of the process of creation. Each painting is always inspired by the real place, therefore capturing a unique moment in time. This real time, real experience of nature, light and spirit imbues to the viewer a sense of beauty and awe of nature.

Artist Biography

Rachel Houseman MA, LPC, LPAT, ATR-BC received her BA in Liberal Arts with a focus in Art and Healing at Goddard College in Plainfield Vermont culminating in a multi-media art show. She went on to get her MA in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy from Prescott College in Prescott, Arizona. She works as a Licensed Professional Counselor using Art Therapy to help others. She managed Blinking Light Art Gallery in Plainfield, VT 2000-2002 and went on to found "Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery" in Prescott Arizona 2004-2011 & Taos New Mexico 2011, now located in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico at 222 Delgado Street.  Her gallery and studio features colorful, visionary art with themes of the Southwest.  From 2004-2011 her gallery produced over 70 shows monthly of featured artists and original artworks. Rachel is also a published illustrator and author, including her first children’s book “The Song of the Trees” available on Amazon. She is a life-long learner currently studies psychology, anthropology, world cultures and world religions.  She is an avid traveler and has visited many countries around the world. Rachel’s unique style is fresh and has no official name, but has been called Colorist, Fauvist, Formalist, Neo-Impressionist, Neo-Symbolist, Visionary, Psychedelic Artist and Contemporary Minimalist. Rachel likes to help the viewer "feel" the colors and joy around them by heightening the senses. Making the everyday extraordinary is just a small part of her journey as she strives to awaken her viewers to the spirituality of the Earth and its miracles through spontaneous brushwork and color.  A comprehensive display of her artwork can currently be viewed on her artist websites: rachelhouseman.com & eyeonthemountaingallery.com, colorscapesfineart.com, eyeonthemntgallery.com. Rachel’s Artwork has also been featured all over the nation and in the southwest at many esteemed galleries and juried art shows.


Featured Galleries &  Juried Art Shows:


·         Blinking Light Gallery in Plainfield Vermont,

·         Studio Place Arts in Barre Vermont,

·         Gallery Andrea in Scottsdale Arizona,

·         Jeanette Williams Gallery on Canyon Road Santa Fe,

·         SevVen Gallery in Huntington Beach California,

·         Hive Gallery in Los Angeles, California,

·         Eklectica Cafe & Art Gallery in Moab Utah,

·         Metallo Art Gallery in Madrid New Mexico,

·         Range Cafe & Gallery in Bernalillo New Mexico,

·         Pita Jungle Cafés (all 15 locations) in Phoenix, Mesa and Scottsdale Arizona,

·         ASU Galleries in Phoenix and Mesa Arizona,

·         Sam Hill Gallery in Prescott Arizona,

·         Ian Russell Gallery Prescott Arizona,

·         Magdelena's Bazaar in Jerome Arizona


She has also shown in several national, juried fine art shows:


·         Phoenix First Friday Artwalk, 2011-14

·         Mesa Second Friday Artwalk, 2011-14

·         The Arizona Fine Art Expo, 2012

·         Thumb Butte Studio Tour in Prescott Arizona 2010

·         Beverly Hills Affair in the Gardens Fine Art Show, 2013

·         Mission Federal Artwalk San Diego, 2013

·         The Moab Plein Air Festivals 2012-14,

·         Fountain Hills Great Fair Art Festival, 2013

·         La Jolla Festival of the Arts, 2015 (Coming up in June)



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