I like to imagine myself roving through the market with my figurative push cart, peddling bite-sized yarns to soothe the woe-begotten, tickle the tired and to kindly prod the occasional humbug. “Delight and Disarm!” is my motto, believing firmly that the here and now is worth savoring, by golly, and that everyone could use a little nudge in taking the leap from “someday” to today. Pictures are my trade, and I hold firmly that they have the power and potency to build bridges and mend weary hearts. With equal parts pep and compassion, I use illustration to invite others to join me in waking up to “this one wild and precious life.”
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“The illustrations of Atlanta-based artist Rachel Eleanor evokes a feeling of being read a bedtime story. Whimsical and line-centric, she pens delightful pictures that swing from folklore to history, legends and mythical creatures: all of them infused with vivid colors and childhood inquisitiveness.”
Crowding my mind are these ideas about hope and despair, tradition and change, and my own place in speaking dreams over this world we live in.
I’m drawn to illustrating parades, crowds and marching caravans all filled with whacky people and creatures, blurring boundaries inherent to gender, species and background.
Pleasant hustle, bustle and merrymaking are the order of the day in my personal mythology, along with the occasional pilgrimage and quest. The dragons my characters slay being inner demons, not personal problems projected onto strangers we choose to make the enemy. I love the thought of a world in which the characters continue to grow more diverse, varied and faceted, with wild permutations waiting to be lived out in each new life. I see it as an indicator of human flourishing.