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Art & Life with Rashelle Stetman

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rashelle Stetman.

Rashelle, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
As a child, I always found creating was an escape from reality. Over the years doing this as a profession I realize it’s both; an escape but also a reflection of my experiences, which is very real. It tells me things that I can’t seem to learn otherwise in the marks on the paper and the slashes of paint. It’s like reading a self-help book sometimes. You realize how far you are from where you want to be like the paintings and drawings you create.

I always want better and each work I create pushes me to the next wanting to achieve more and that’s the way I look at life too. Each day we can try to be a little bit better, smarter, stronger, motivated and in the end each day we remain a work in progress like the art created. I used to just create for fun growing up, but I was not experiencing my artwork the way I am now. Now I am living it, learning and building. Without it, I don’t know who I am.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Currently, I have been creating two different styles of work. One style is in micron pen drawings. These works are landscapes of the two places I love the most, California and Colorado. They are a mixture of places I’ve actually been and places I wish to go. When I am drawing these I find myself feeling more “childlike” than my other work because I just let the pen go for it and find it’s freeing to not always have a plan.

It’s the first type of artwork style I have found where I am not forcing myself to overplan and be so careful and that is important I am finding. It keeps me sane because living with too many rules in your work can cripple you. I don’t really have a plan like I said, and this speaks to how I live. I am so organized and tend to over plan to avoid things I don’t want to happen that are inevitable. There will always be things you didn’t plan for and these drawings make that part of life actually fun. I teach classes on this style and love it because it brings out the kid in all of us. My other body of work is based around humans and our unique and inevitable truths.

These works are large-scale portraits on the wood of women I have known and I admire. I create tattoos on them that flow off their bodies speaking to the effects the experiences we go through have on us and the growth we all need to push for. These are much more conceptually compelling and speak to my soul and what I tend to think about. I read a lot of spiritual books and philosophical novels that help shape some of what feeds me ideas for these works that I find myself relating to.

My artwork is never made without deeper meaning. I want it to be known these are not just portraits of beautiful women but humans that are absolutely amazing and have taught me so much. I strive to show a deeper level of thought in how the work speaks to actual life and how we are humans… being.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think the fear of rejection has always and will forever be the biggest challenge for an artist. There fear we all live with that we aren’t creating the work that will take off, or we will never be as good as “that guy” over there.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can view my work online. You can view more in-depth pieces in progress and what I am doing in the studio on a daily basis on Instagram. I also have a Facebook.

My work is currently on view at Blackbook Gallery in Denver, Colorado. I have popup shows a few times a year too but at this moment do not have any plan, however, this will be between San Diego and Los Angeles.

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Image Credit:
Austin Mullen

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