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Art & Life with Raychel Walton

Today we’d like to introduce you to Raychel Walton.

Raychel, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’m originally from the south, although now I have lived in California for about as long if not a little longer than where I grew up. I still repeatedly pinch myself when I drive out to the mountains or put my feet in the ocean.

I didn’t always know I was creative. My energy and zest for life came out in the form of sports when I was younger. It wasn’t until the end of high school that I started flexing any creative muscles. I studied a bit of film photography my senior year and moved out here for college to study graphic design and visual merchandising.

Over the years I have bounced around from one creative focus to another always wanting to challenge myself. I have been lucky enough to use my skills to create branded experiences; from visual merchandising and displays, graphic design, marketing, and most recently photography.

Picking up a camera again was like rediscovering a lost love and I haven’t stopped shooting since.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My work has evolved and expanded over the last several years. I love the ability to be versatile in my creativity, whether it’s creating brand collateral for clients or working on a visual installation. To be honest, I find the most inner peace when I’m out and about composing images that capture the beauty of nature and our surroundings or simply snapping shots of my LA neighborhood. It’s a hobby that is progressively becoming more important to me. Getting out to explore new places is what I hope my work inspires others to do. I know it’s a cliche saying to “stop and smell the roses,” but that’s sort of what I’m going for.

I shoot a good portion of my lifestyle and nature shots on my iPhone, but I prefer my Canon 5D Mark iii when I can lug it around. I love the editing process and get lost in it. I don’t use presets, each image is edited uniquely.

Any advice for aspiring or new artists?
Ooh man, there are so many things I wish I had known a long time ago!

I think the two most important things I have realized over the years is to believe in myself no matter what and to never stop cultivating my creativity. The first is easier said than done, I know, but the second is so crucial as an artist.

And last, but not least, ALWAYS surround yourself with amazing, inspiring, supportive and encouraging people! I think that might be the most important advice I could give.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My work is up on my website raychelwalton.com. You can also follow me on Instagram @raychelw.

As of a few months ago, I am now working as a creative consultant, freelance photographer & graphic designer. Feel free to reach out with feedback or inquiries!

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Image Credit:
Raychel Walton, Blake Buchanan (self portrait image)

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