Simply stated, Now On View celebrates and showcases the artists of Society6 and their work. Get to know them—and then get lost in their gallery.
Could you introduce yourself?
I’m Rachel Hawkes Cameron. I’m a painter with two little kids, a girl named Theo and a boy named Charlie. My husband works in music and frames all of my paintings in our basement.
Current city: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
I have a studio on the third floor of our home. I started with small acrylic studies on paper and have made my way to large works on canvas. My paintings take a lot of time as I like to build up layers of washes and juxtapose them with flat, opaque colours. My son is still really small and at home with me, so it sort of works well with my process; I step away and revisit a lot.
I studied architecture and worked in that world for a long time. Soon after the birth of my son, I lost my brother. I picked up a paintbrush for the first time; I found it allowed me to develop a visual language when nothing else made sense. My paintings have a lot of movement in them, which I attribute to me working through things in an unspoken way.
What do people typically say about your work?
To be honest, most people tell me that my work makes them happy. Which is literally the best compliment I could ask for.
What is the best advice you’ve gotten as an artist or the most important thing you’ve learned?
Architecture school taught me a lot about discipline, as well as the importance of your process. Often our profs would find a way to connect our finished designs back to an early sketch from months earlier. When I’m feeling stuck or stagnant, I go back to small, free studies; this often unlocks the kinetic energy I strive for in my paintings.
How can people reach you?
Photos by Brittany Townsend https://www.britneytownsend.