In our ATAS Artist Spotlight series, we take a deeper dive into our artists through their work and the creative process and stories behind them.
Rachel Gould is an Australian artist known for her detailed and realistic coloured pencil artwork. Her artwork is influenced by nature and challenging herself to draw photographs as realistically as she can. When Rachel is not drawing, she enjoys traveling and acting. Rachel’s personal motto is to “don’t stop doing what you love”.
This interview has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
“It would be amazing if my art will be able to contribute to an important cause”
What is your creative process?
Rachel: I draw mostly in the evenings as it is a nice way to relax after a busy day. I select the photo that I would like to draw and I normally allocate at least 30 minutes a day to work on my artworks.
Which one of your works is your favorite?
Rachel: This drawing made me realise that with practice and patience, I can achieve artworks that almost identically replicate the original photo.
If you could travel to any place in the world, where would you go?
What is your favorite piece of artwork that is not your own?
Rachel: I especially love artworks that are vibrant and full of details, so it’s hard to pick just one, but Morgan Davidson’s drawings are stunning to look at and inspires me to keep drawing.
What do you listen to while you work?
Rachel: Normally I would listen to various podcasts, but sometimes I may watch a bit of Netflix while I draw and I am able to concentrate on both.
Why did you decide to become an ATAS artist?
Rachel: I love the idea of helping people and it would be amazing if my art will be able to contribute to an important cause.