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Nita Lake Lodge

2131 Lake Placid Road
Whistler, B.C.

Rachel Reid

Artist Biography

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I have dabbled with art for as long as I can remember, receiving a lot of support at a young age from my best client, my mother. I got my first break at a friend’s boutique in Victoria, seven years ago. She asked me to hang my art, and as pieces started to sell my confidence began to build. I hung my art the next year in a new store and by the following year I had a home in a gallery in Tofino.
I have lived in many places in Canada and travelled extensively for work and pleasure. I started noticing dragonflies in my travels and at home. Dragonflies represent transformation and they seemed to be appearing when I was in the biggest transitions of my life.
The more I paint the more I learn about myself, good and bad. I love the messy process of painting and when disaster strikes, I cover the canvas with gesso and begin again. Kind of like life.
My greatest inspiration is my best friend Laura Harris who is fearless in her craft and generous with her teachings.
Recently, I have been painting landscapes of Vancouver Island, attempting to recreate in my own way the beauty this island holds. The ocean has called to me most of my life and with my new work I want to put onto canvas what I witness from my canoe and surfboard.