As a 23-year-old living in West Hollywood, Rachel Rottman had a natural inclination toward art. She’d attended a year of art school in San Fransisco, and tried her hand at painting, photography and even film. Though she never truly found a niche that completed her creative puzzle. In 2015, while balancing hospitality jobs and walking dogs to make her dollars, Rachel’s boyfriend introduced her to collage. It was then she fell in love, instantly drawn to the unique melting pot of elements that make up the artform.
“It creates a certain kind of peace and motivation that I could not live without,” Rachel explained of her passion, a love-at-first-sight kind of kinship that’s already garnered her worthy attention. Having found her niche at such a ripe age, as an artist she’s still in the evolutionary stage. For Rachel, working requires background noise, whether that be a TV show, rap or some Al Green, it’s become an essential component of her creative life. From there, as she so comically puts it, she simply “[gets out her] huge case of magazines and, from there, kind of just blackout.”
Despite the world of collage being relatively new for Rachel, her perspective on getting started is worthy of any creative newcomer’s time. “Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there,” she said, explaining, “Your style will constantly change and develop so do not give up if you feel like you don’t have the gift. Everyone is different and you are great.”