Hi there! My name is Rachel Urista. I grew up in the suburbs outside of Los Angeles in the 80s -90’s and come from a multi-racial family. My childhood was infused with a lot of Japanese culture and at times, you may catch glimpses of this early suburban/urban landscape reflected in my art. Gritty marks and graffiti still capture my attention, and love to experiment with street art supplies such as sugar spray, paint sticks and paint markers.
I vividly recall childhood summers at the annual Japanese Obon festival at the Buddhist church. I can still see the bright, bold colors and patterns of kimonos and yukatas, and hear the deep rhythm of the taiko drums beating. I am still fascinated with the icons of gold, shimmering inside the temple.
As a child we often took long trips to Oregon to visit relatives, where the land got “stuck in my bones” and still moves me at a deep level. I am happy to say that and I now make my home in Corvallis, Oregon. This new landscape has had great impact on my work- informing new color palettes and imagery, sometimes derived from the plants and animals of this region.
In addition to working in the arts, I’ve been a long time graphic designer (13 years in the industry), and currently am an adjunct Visual Communications instructor at our local community college, LBCC (Go Roadrunners!).
As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) with an INFP personality- colors and sounds effect me deeply. Fun fact: I have a slight bit of synesthesia; sometimes two senses overlap and I see colors as bursts of sound. Besides painting, I am interested in history, anthropology, gardening, and love a good book and cup of tea.
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