This month we welcome local artist Rachel Hutchins to the Riverside Cafe Gallery with her exhibition Farnham in Colour, a collection of digital illustrations which celebrate the architecture and history of the town through it’s recognisable landmarks. We caught up with Rachel to find out a little more about her and her work.
What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work?
I am currently looking into producing illustrations of places in Farnham that no longer exist, such as Brightwells Bowls Club and the Redgrave Theatre – this is due to the development work which is occurring.
What medium do you use in your practice and why?
I produce digital illustrations as I have a degree in graphic design. I love clean lines, technical drawings and bold colours.
What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start?
My surroundings definitely inspire my work. I have lived in Farnham all my life and I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful town. My dad is the person who first got me interested in art and being creative. He painted a massive Disney mural on my brother and I’s bedroom wall and it is still there to this day!
If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?
My favourite piece of work has to be Lower Church Lane. This is because my brother and I were both Christened in St. Andrew’s church and my parents got married there.
If you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?
Getting my degree was a very proud achievement. I’ve sold many paintings over the years but being a part of my first illustration exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery was a big thing for me.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
My computer is my most indispensable item. My studio is basically my bedroom and my computer is right next to my bed.
Where is your favourite place to see art?
I love advertising and photography and the best exhibitions I have been to were at the Victoria and Albert museum.
Farnham in Colour runs until 28th March