Rachel Smith (Reinert) is one of the most talented adult coloring pages creators of our time. Recently featured in the Jo-Ann website for her book “Botanical Wonderland”, Rachel will be releasing Desert Wonderland this month! Currently she is also working on her first How-to book, aiming to spread her knowledge and experience and help the Adult Coloring Community grow.
Adult Coloring Guide had a chance to chat with Rachel on her life, plans and goals and is happy to share the amazing experience with you below.
ACG: Please introduce yourself to our community of Adult Coloring fans 🙂
Rachel: I currently live in San Diego, California. Right now I am working full time on my art, which I am so grateful for. I am an abstract painter and illustrator. I create custom paintings for people as well as draw coloring books. I am really excited because right now I am writing my first how-to book, which is a detailed step by step instructional on how to color! I also have a teaching background, and am currently working on online art courses and tutorials.
Travel has really impacted my art style. My husband and I have been lucky enough to get to travel around the world often, and so far we’ve been to 18 countries together in the last few years! We’ve lived abroad and really love photography and finding ways to tell stories creatively.
ACG: For how long are you into art? How did you know it was meant for you?
Rachel: I think I’ve always known I wanted to be an artist. I didn’t know what it meant or looked like, but I knew I needed to be a creator. I am still defining what that means, and it is always changing! When I make art I feel alive, and that’s how I know it’s meant for me.
ACG: Has the Adult Coloring impacted what you do? How?
Rachel: Absolutely! I’ve realized how beneficial coloring can be to so many people around the world. Coloring has opened up a door for people of all ages and art skills to approach art in a new way. Besides being fun, coloring relieves stress, encourages focus and improves brain hemisphere communication. It has the power to reduce the risk of dementia by keeping the brain active. People are embracing its calming effects as an alternative form of therapy. It’s really incredible! With that in mind, I’ve learned a lot about how coloring can be used for good. A lot of people want to know how to improve their coloring skills too, so that is why I’m working on a How to Color book which is coming out in the spring.
ACG: What made you decide to get into drawing Adult Coloring pages?
Rachel: At the time I was living in Australia, and had a lot of drawings laying around. My husband suggested I turn them into a coloring book. The coloring trend was already in its prime then, and I thought why not? I was planning on self publishing, but I ended up getting a publishing contract with an awesome publisher in New York who got my book into many of the big stores!
ACG: What was the reason for Botanical Wonderland’s success? What’s your favorite thing about this book?
Rachel: I think timing is everything. The public was already interested in coloring, and so that is what helped to get it on the right shelves! I think “Botanical Wonderland” is special because it’s all hand drawn, and the illustrations aren’t completely realistic. I wanted it to stand out from the other books in that way. There are organic shapes and forms that create playful arrangements, with hints at flowers and botanical elements. I wanted the colorist to get lost in a fantasy world, and let them decide how to color it. I really like that the pages are also perforated, so it’s easy to tear it out and experiment with mixed media!
ACG: What’s the idea behind your new book “Desert Wonderland”? What makes it special?
Rachel: I am REALLY excited about “Desert Wonderland”! I recently spent time in the Sonoran Desert, and absolutely fell in love with the landscape. There is something alluring and beautiful about this bizarre environment.This book has a lot of variety, and I even added some animals and mystical desert women. It also includes skulls, terrariums, and succulents! It’s very different from “Botanical Wonderland” in that way.
ACG: What is your hope for the future of Adult Coloring? Art in general?
Rachel: My hope is for people who haven’t experienced coloring yet to give it a try! There are so many books out there now that anyone can find imagery they’d like. I know how much I love art and creating, so I hope that others will find that joy too. Whether it be coloring, drawing, painting, building, sculpting, designing, etc., I encourage people to try something new and expand their artistic minds.
This gorgeous young woman has inspired us to continue our efforts in strengthening the Adult Coloring community. Make sure to follow Rachel’s art on her official website: www.rachelreinert.com and make sure to subscribe to her newsletter to stay ahead of the time. And before that here’s a small sneak into her works!