I’m Rachael Grad, Artist & Writer
Art is my passion. For as long as I can remember, I’ve created, studied, and obsessed about making art.
My Favorite Art Media & Art Projects
I use charcoal, ink, pastels, paint, clay, plaster mixed media, and photography in my art studio practice.
I love experimenting with new materials. My paintings are mostly in oil and acrylic and my drawings in pencil, ink, or charcoal.
I love to paint and draw from life by setting up still-life setups of favorite personal objects or scenes with human models. In the past many of paintings have included self-portraits, abstract interior scenes, landscapes, and female figures.
More recently I’ve been drawing and painting from life objects around my house. My current favorite subjects include a large stuffed toy elephant, rocking horses, and teddy bears.
My Work Background & Other Projects
In 2008, I left practicing law to focus full-time on painting. At the same time I began freelance blogging on art, design and decor for websites including Dwell Magazine and Apartment Therapy. Since 2010 I’ve been Vice President at the Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites Conference Centre & Spa. In 2012 I started Gallery Reinvented to showcase local artwork in unexpected spaces.
Always Learning & Improving
I love taking art classes and courses and have studied art at New York University (Studio Art in Venice), the New York Studio School, and OCAD University. I have degrees from Brandeis University (Economics & French Literature), Duke University School of Law and Sciences-Po.
My artwork has been shown in solo and group shows in Washington, DC, New York City, Venice, Italy, and Markham, Ontario. I live and work in Toronto, Canada and am currently studying drawing and painting at OCAD University. Want to know more? Hear about new projects and artwork first by subscribing to my Email Newsletter.
More About My Art
- Artist Statement
- My Art Manifesto
- Art Blog where I post recent artwork, studio process, and art in progress