Spring 15' Artist Profile: Rachel Anna Neely

Happy Tuesday, readers! Now that the Spring 2015 issue has been released, we'll spend the next couple of weeks celebrating on the blog by featuring a few of the artists.

Up first is Rachel Neely (Rachel Anna), our Spring 2015 cover artist! She's super talented and very kind to share more about herself and her art work with GS&NS blog readers.

Rachel Neely

Introduce yourself.

My name is Rachel Neely, I am 22 years old and I live in Boise, Idaho. I am an avid reader, painter, hooper, biker, lover of sunshine and barefeet. For the past year I have been obsessed with mysteries, thrillers, any book that keeps you guessing. I teach hula hooping and am apart of an entertainment group called Optik. We have a lot of talented performers and we perform all over Boise.

Tell us about yourself as an artist.

A lot of my work incorporates bright colors with dark ideas. I like to mix the themes of life and death. I guess I would categorize my artwork as contemporary art because most of my inspiration comes from day to day things in the world around us. Images that surround us and influence us. There is certainly an emotional pull throughout my art, whether I am aware of it at the time or not, my feelings seem to scream out from beneath my brush. My inspiration comes largely from other artists, I love to discover new art, new artists, new ideas, new passion. There is so much passion in this world, it is our choice what we do with it. There are so many forms of art, of passion, it is impossible to see everything.


What did you submit for the Spring 2015 Issue?

I submitted two pieces to this issue of GirlSense & NonSense Magazine. The first piece, featured on the cover, is a piece I was commissioned to do for one of my friends. She gave me full reign, she just wanted something that was my own. Those are my favorite kind of commissions. No artist wants someone to ask for remake of a picture drawn by another artist, it’s like saying “hey, I like your artwork but can you just do it a little differently?” The piece is a skull with flowers, the skull and flowers appear to be dripping, melting down the canvas. The colors are bright and dark at the same time. This piece actually caught Sarah’s [Co-Editor of GS&NS] eye and she asked me if I would be willing to share it. My second piece is definitely more joyful, it is the image of a peaceful woman with her hair swirling around her. The woman is realistic but made of abstract colors and ideas. This piece was created for my boyfriend, who is also an artist. I wanted to create something for him that showed how grateful I am for his criticism and praise throughout the years. I am so thankful to be in love with an artist and to be constantly progressing together in what we do best. I felt like this piece would be a good addition to GirlSense because it displays so many emotions yet overall peace. Serenity.

What does GirlSense & NonSense Magazine mean to you?

GirlSense speaks to all young women. The emotional pains and joys of being a young woman can be felt through the art, photography, writing and poetry of this magazine. I know when I was in high school it was a very rough time and I craved an outlet just like this. I am excited to be apart of this movement and full heartedly support all the amazing work it is doing.

Share a favorite quote, please. 

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.”- Rumi

To see Rachel's work and the work of other female artists, subscribe and we'll send you a free copy of the Spring 2015 Issue of GirlSense & NonSense Magazine.

With Love, Pamela Co-Editor