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    Renowned Artist Rachel Tribble Has a Gift That Keeps on Giving


    From installations that lit up the 1990’s alternative music club scene, and dark and controversial performance art, to the meditative surrealism she’s become renowned for today, Rachel Tribble has had a long and winding career path - to say the least.


    She never really had that “a-ha” moment determining her fate as an artist, it was always just something she knew and only a question of how it would manifest. But the answer did not come quick or easy. In fact, Rachel had originally set out to pursue her passion of 3-Dimensional sculpture but deserted it after hesitantly listening to the advice of others who warned her it was the most difficult path of the already difficult profession of being an artist. The born and bred Manhattan girl studied fine arts at Syracuse University and the National Academy in New York, then began working as a jewelry designer painting gemstones, where she discovered her talent with colors. Rather than sculpting, she began exploring her passion for the 3-Dimensional art form by creating jewelry which later developed into display design and ultimately light installations for alternative venues in the rock and rave club scene – and also spoke to her long love for music.


    But it was her love for a guy that caused Rachel’s path to take a sudden dramatic twist, leaving the light and colors of the big city behind for the long winters of Minnesota -and where her art took a darker turn into edgy performance pieces inspired by a haunting past in New York. Rachel explains how the geographical transition became a personal transition as well. “I think what affected me more than the shock of how cold the Minnesota winters are, was the absolute silence that came with it. Being someone who grew up in a place like New York City, it was a huge adjustment to suddenly just ‘be’ in such overwhelming stillness. It forced me to do a lot of self exploration that was really difficult at first, but ultimately it’s what set me free both as a person and as an artist. Oddly enough, now I don’t think I could ever live in a city again,” she muses.


    Not only has she mastered her own inner peace, Rachel Tribble’s ability to capture that ultimate, serene state of mindfulness on canvas has become the trademark art she is known for. She attributes her gift to two major influences: the practice of meditation and the teachings of Native American culture. While meditation has been part of her journey since the age of fourteen when a stranger she met at the beach gave her the tools to pursue meditation, it wasn’t until she married into a Native American tribe that the two synergetic mindsets really took hold. “Meditation has always been the primary inspiration for my work, but its concept of universal connectedness truly became a way of life for me when I was fully submerged living and working with the Native American people. Everything I learned from them made more sense to me than anything else I had ever experienced in life - how to live in harmony with the earth, rather than try to change it,” Rachel explains.


    Ultimately giving up her work as a professional artist to focus on the Native American community, she learned “how to walk in two worlds” and eventually re-ignited her passion for paint and colors. Rachel says that if there is anything she wants to achieve with her art, it’s to inspire others to experience light and peace in their lives. And it would seem that the Universe has been listening, because the spirit of her work and progression of her career has simply soared. In 2008 and 2011 in a collaboration with the Walt Disney Company her art was featured as the poster for the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and showcased at Epcot’s Flower and Garden Festivals; the 2008 work becoming an award winning poster for Disney. Her work has been featured in art books and national magazines, as well as gifted to nominees of the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, and the MTV Movie Awards.


    Currently she is collaborating with novelist and playwright Anthony Mora in a unique project called the “Resurrection of Light,” where her paintings of Mora’s short stories has become Rachel’s personal journey into esoteric symbolism and a study of glyphs. Describing it as “spiritual surrealism”, Rachel is excited about the two art mediums of his words and her painting creating extraordinary journey for any viewer.


    She has also been commissioned by Michael Brooke, publisher of Concrete Wave Magazine to bring her two passions of paint and peace together in a movement called, ”Longboarding for Peace.” Started by Brooke, Longboarding for Peace has been involved in a number of unique projects inspiring peace for at risk youths around the world. Already, they have succeeded in getting Palestinian and Israeli kids to longboard together, they’ve encouraged teenagers in Houston to long board rather than engage in gang activity and they’ve worked with the San Pedro police department in getting people to exchange weapons for longboards. Not only will Rachel Tribble be designing the artwork for the longboards, her collaboration is growing the movement to involve the Native American communities as well.


    To learn more about Rachel Tribble and her artwork visit: www.racheltribble.com

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