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Featured Area Artist, Rachel DiAndrea
March 18, 2008 - Emily Dimov-Gottshall
Rachel DiAndrea graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York at
Currently, DiAndrea is President of Pennsylvania Artists Professional Association, on the board of directors for the Dreams Go On Therapeutic Horse back riding program, a member of the Altoona Area Kennel Association, owner of PetArtStudios.com and a member of Art in Common. Obviously, she keeps very busy!
A big inspiration for her is the desire to capture the personality, life (essence), and soul of the animal. Every piece she creates is meant to convey “energy with bold, bright hues…contrasted with intense values while upholding a style that has matured.”
DiAndrea’s work can be seen at www.petartstudios.com. After viewing many of her pieces, I am impressed by the very words she used to describe her own pieces…they do capture the heart of both the animal and the creator.
In her own words:
“I began working in black and white with pencil and charcoal. I am certain it had to do with the attraction I have to light and shadows, contrast, and shape. I loved to sketch as a teenager, while adoring living creatures ... how naturally drawn I was to sketching dogs! I found it energizing to try and mimic muscle, bone fur, and
“I began transitioning my portraits into pastels as a new phase. An artist needs to constantly challenge and experiment. How glad I am to have opened myself ... My style has matured and become "MY OWN" and I love that! My style is recognizable and edgy ... yet very sincere and emotionally representational of the soul within my subjects!”