By Randi Somers
Rachel Anne Coe, 20, is moving forward in a career in art. Some of her work is currently on display at KBay Cafe on Pioneer Ave.
“My dad (Daniel) painted all his life and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t doing art,” she said.
She said her work is basically portraiture, but now she’s getting into hand-built clay ceramics and sculpting full body images of models.
An art major, she is working toward her degree, rounding out her education with a writing class at Kenai Peninsula College here this fall and also taking three online courses. She said she intends to enroll in the Bachelor of Fine Arts program next fall in Anchorage.
“I usually go to school in Anchorage, but wanted to get out of the city for awhile,” she said. “We moved to Alaska from Pennsylvania when I was eight and to Homer when I was 11.”
She said her artist father, Daniel, mostly does landscapes. He is currently creating a huge fireweed mural for the Old Town enhancement project. (see related Old Town story).
“When I was young I drew people,” Rachael said, “but then I started doing landscapes until I figured out that wasn’t my interest so I returned to painting people. Most of the time I use a model, friends mostly, people I know, whoever is willing.” She said she sets up the lighting carefully to bring out the best details.
She said she will be staying in Homer this fall and winter and return to Anchorage for schooling in the spring. Her parents live near Anchor Point on the North Fork Road but she lives with friends in town.
“I know it’s difficult to make a career out of art but my goal is to get my work out there in galleries here and Anchorage and outside of Alaska.”
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