Hi there! My name is Rachel Urista. I grew up in Southern California and now make my home in Corvallis, Oregon, a small town nestled between the Coastal Range and the Cascades, with each just a short drive away. I am surrounded by nature and feel so blessed and inspired here.
I’m a wife to my best friend, and kitty-mom to a sweet and funny orange tabby. I am an INFJ and an HSP. That is, I am a highly sensitive introvert. Even so, I LOVE to talk and teach anything art-related and love to see my students bloom and grow.
I grew up in the suburbs outside of Los Angeles in the 80s and 90’s and come from a multi-racial family. We grew up in a really diverse area and my childhood was infused with a lot of Japanese culture. Much of my work is derived from this early visual landscape.
I earned a BFA in Illustration and a certificate in BioMedical art from Cal State Long Beach in 2005. Since then, I’ve been graphic designer, illustrator and painter. I’ve taught art journaling classes and mixed media classes both online and in my community.
When I paint, it akin to a journey, rather than a series of steps. I find that I move fluidly between styles from more realistic illustration to contemporary abstraction that emphasizes the experience of color, texture and pattern.
Thank you for taking the time to view my work. For licensing information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
2005 BFA, Illustration, with a minor in Anthropology, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2005 Certificate in BioMedical Illustration, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2002 A.A Degree, Studio Art, El Camino College, Torrance, CA
2018 Adobe Designer Basics, Spring 2018, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR
2017 Adobe Designer Basics, Fall 2017, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR
2016 Mixed Media with Graphite and Pastels, an online course, Everything Art, a UK based Company, and Web based
2015 Mixed Media Journaling, Workshop, Studio262, Corvallis, OR
2014 Dream Voyages, an online course, 21 Secrets Art Journaling, Web based
2014 Art Journaling, 6-Session Course of Introductory Art Journaling Classes , Imagine Coffee, Philomath OR
2014 Open Soul Painting, Large-Scale Intuitive Painting Workshops, Love Yoga Studio, Albany, OR
2013 Acrylic Painting, Art Journaling, Mini Magnet Canvases, Workshops, The Drawing Board, Corvallis, OR
2017-Present Adjunct Faculty, Visual Communications Department, Linn-Benton Community College, Albany, OR
2005 - Present Professional Graphic Designer/ Production Artist with over 10 years industry experience in marketing, layout design and home decor production.
2017-Present Member, Linn-Benton Community College Expansion Art Committee, Corvallis OR
2014 Art Director/Coordinator Corvallis Imagination and Music Festival (CIMA), Corvallis, OR
2013 Lead Artist, DaVinci Days, Kids Art Table for the Temporary Artists Guild, Corvallis, OR
2015-Present Member, Corvallis Arts Walk, Corvallis, OR
2015 Mixed Media Art Demo, Studio262, Corvallis, OR
2014 Mixed Media Art Demo, Open Soul Painting Open House, Albany, OR
2014 Live Painting, Midnight Muse Opening Celebration, Imagine Coffee, Corvallis, OR
2014 Presentation, Mixed Media Painting and Art Journaling, Junction City Art Group, Junction City, OR
2005 Presentation, Art in Public Schools, Russian Art Round Table, California State University, Long Beach, Teacher Education Department, Long Beach, CA
PUBLICATIONS / PRESS
Corvallis Arts Walk Spotlight: Rachel Urista, The Gazette Times, Corvallis, OR, July, 2016
Giant Community Coloring Book, The Gazette Times, The Gazette Times, Corvallis, OR, December, 2015
Visual voices: Artists combine the verbal with the visual, The Gazette Times, April, 2015
Birdhouse Visions, The Gazette Times, February, 2015
Contributing Artist, 14 Artists Journals, Orly Avineri, January, 2013