I’m a one-man-band currently based in South Devon. England. My work was first Inspired by baking and selling muffins on the street every morning during my early days after my Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University course. I create art that appeals to those who love life, colour and enjoy being in a world where playfulness and imagination are valued.
I’m a contemporary artist; my romantic themes contemplate the passing of time, blending together a mixture of eclectic vintage sensibilities with modern atmospherics. My work is a witty and engaging style of painting, intelligently conceived with a comedic twist. Light and carefree, bold and immediate, each Rachael Foster piece is distinctive and innately feminine.
I spent most of my 20s taking frequent adventures off-the-beaten-track to exotic parts of the world sourcing inspiration, maturing, and building an appreciation of what New Zealand is and what we represent. My playful inventiveness has helped me develop a brand that is fresh and cheeky: one which has been embraced both in NZ and abroad. Correspondingly, those that appreciate my work range from motorcycle adventurers to vintners to gynecologists.
My originals take up to 2 months to create from the initial sketches to the final varnish. I use only the very best acrylic paints - Golden - which have a long drying time, giving me plenty of time to do what I do best, and that’s blending. Blending gives it that smooth, plasticy, air brushed look which I create with a good old classic paint brush. I thought I should clear that one up as so many people ask me if I use an airbrush. I layer up 2-3 coats of paint depending on the colour to get that opaque, flatness.
Thank you for making it this far and feel free to contact me if you have any queries, thoughts or theories.
Tabasco - some like it hot
By Rachael Foster
Acrylic, Pop Art, Red, Yellow, People, Large (700mm or more)