While regional freelance artist Rachel Roe never asked her husband for dedicated work space, he gladly turned his blueprint plans for a garden and tool shed into an art studio just for her.
"It’s a designated space for me to work, but it’s also a tangible reminder of when someone believed in me when I really didn’t believe in myself," says Rachel.
Completed a few years ago, her rustic, charming and whimsical she-shed studio has become even more of a safe-haven for her, as she's now the mother of two young boys. "The space hasn’t changed much but my focus and intention when creating, nowadays, has. It’s still a space for escape and creativity, but my work hours and energy levels have changed a bit," Rachel quips.
Rachel says surrounding herself in nature, cloaked in her backyard, helps seclude her from life’s distractions.
"It’s important to be so immersed in my work that it’s almost like my brain forgets what my hand's doing. That’s also probably why I like my work space to be as cleaned-up as possible. Any extra visual clutter distracts me," she says.
Her business is known as Rachel Roe Art + Design.
She's done abstract paintings, illustrations, custom logos, commissioned portraits and digital home illustrations. She says this year she has fun collaborations and licensing projects that will be released. "I’m also starting to create pieces that are part of a larger series," she adds.
"While having a dedicated work space is awesome, I’ve had to adapt to weird work hours, such as nap and bed times, and unconventional work spaces, like painting on my kitchen table, to make it work. I think if you have a passion for something, it kind of just flows out of you and it’s not restricted to a certain time and/or a specific space," confides Rachel.
Rachel's original work can be purchased online at RachelRoeDesign.com.