Rachael Errington’s first painting, when she was just three years of age was a brightly coloured crayon picture on the freshly painted white hallway.
Rachael grew up in the middle of an English wood where she, with her brother, spent most of their time building dens and treehouses.
This beginning has undoubtedly cemented Rachael’s enduring fascination with trees.
Although Rachael’s BA (Hons) is in Illustration, her studies included photography, textiles and printmaking; all of which have informed the way she paints now. After various creative endeavours and travels, including a research trip to Asia to study the influence culture has on art; Rachael relocated to New Zealand and is now absorbed in the diversity that this landscape presents.
As time has progressed, Rachael’s tree paintings have taken on a life of their own. Intricate textures of bark created with modelling paste and other ‘secret’ compounds are tactile and 3-dimensional. The colours are the depth and warmth of autumn and the fresh lime green tones of spring. Fascinated by the ever-changing play of filtered light Rachael encourages the viewer to step into the woods, to smell it, to feel it and to be soothed.
While formulating the structure and colours of the work in her mind Rachael freely admits to spending quite a lot of time staring at a blank canvas.
“I’m endlessly fascinated with using different techniques to recreate colours. I love been able to squash colour across a surface”.
While Rachael states that Edgar Degas and Gustav Klimt are artists that have influenced her, she constantly draws inspiration while walking and hiking and from her extensive photography collection, to date over 5000 images.
“My work is emotive – It is all I ever want to do. “