Get to know Chelsea Rayl from our Artist Collective! You might even be lucky enough to find her rad art in your next Art Box Surprise.
Is there a special meaning behind the name of your art name?
My ig @riverandivy is named after my children River James, and Ivy Lane💗
Where do you live? (Have you always lived there?)
Originally, I’m from New Mexico, now living in Las Vegas since 2000.
What’s your favorite thing about Las Vegas?
My favorite thing about Las Vegas is that people come from all over the world, you really become exposed to so much variety and culture. Plus! Las Vegas is home to some of the world’s most interesting, and talented performers and artist of all kinds, it’s a unique city, and our culture and community continue to grow. It’s an inspiring thing.
Tell us a bit about your art process, techniques, and your favorite medium(s).
I love working with acrylics and doodling.
How would you describe your art aesthetic?
I’m inspired by the mystical, magical imaginative, and occult. That’s what comes out naturally.
What is your art specialty/what is your favorite thing to create?
Favorite thing to create…anything and everything…things that are dreamy feeling or mystical.
Do you sketch ideas before you create them?
Yes, but… my style of drawing is so drastically different from the way I paint. I never know exactly how it’s going to come out….
How often do you create each week?
I create as often as I can. I’m always working on something, I have two kids so usually I am painting with a baby in my lap, everything is spontaneous, but I do go through waves where I’m feeling more creative than others. But I’m never NOT creating….
Where do you do your creating?
I paint in my kitchen a lot …. That’s really the only thing happening in the kitchen because I can’t cook hahah!
Do you have a favorite series/collection you’ve made?
No favorite series or collection, I improve over time, so I look forward to what my future self will come up with…I like to grow.
How long have you been creating art/when did you start? What interested you/got you into creating art for others?
I’ve always been creating in some form… dance or music or writing, performing, acting it’s all creating….my husband encouraged me to paint it was really the one creative avenue I had not yet explored, but I always envisioned myself painting when I was younger I would think about having a studio in my home where I would paint.
Did you receive any training/take any classes in the arts?
No classes or training yet, I learn a lot from others, I’m always willing and hoping to improve. I’d love to branch out, so I will probably take classes in the future.
Is art your full-time job? Do you do any other work? If so, what?
Art is not my full-time job. I’ve also worked as a performer on the strip in various shows for over 10 years. I have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to be a Magician Assistant, a Hypnotists’ assistant, a showgirl, a mime, a clown, a dancer, an actor, and for the last 6 years doing astrology, tarot and palmistry readings. I really love doing all things creative, I love astrology and tarot, painting is just another extension of all those things, and it inspires me a lot!
Who is your target market?
I guess my target market is anyone who is interested in imaginative, sci-fi, 1960s, colorful or occult.
What is the price range for your art?
Price Range $15-$250
Do you have a website/social media people can visit?
People can find me on:
Facebook: Chelsea Rayl
What is your favorite art supply store/resource?
I shop online or go to Michaels, but you can find art tools anywhere its really up to the each individual I always say do whatever works for you.
What artists (or anyone else) inspire you?
Klimt, Mucha, anything 60s.
Do you read any art books/blogs/magazines? If so what are your favorites?
I do read a lot!! Not so much art specific, Juxtapose is pretty cool.
Do you have any funny stories about when you were making/showing your art?
Hahah!!! No funny stories, just lots of mistakes hahah and lots of messes hahha!
What are 3 fun random facts about yourself?
3 random facts…. 1. I am the oldest of 10 children!! 2. I don’t eat meat or dairy. 3. I love to read and have a personal collection with a couple hundred books!
What would be your top 3 tips to those who are new to art/trying to get into making art professionally?
I don’t know that I’m qualified to give tips hahha!!! I think just keep making stuff…. you will learn and improve over time. Don’t let others tell you what you can, or can’t, do or be, if you want to be an artist just start making art, and be open to constructive criticism and ready to do the work.
What are some words of advice you’d give to children artists?
For children…just do what makes you happy and don’t give up!
Do you think the arts art important in schools? Why/why not?
I absolutely think art is important in schools, children need creative outlets! It’s therapeutic, and helps kids to express and develop their individuality and emotions in healthy ways.
Why did you want to be an artist for Art Box Surprise?
I love Art Box Surprise because it brings artists together, provides something beautiful for the community! Plus, there is the added bonus of benefiting a good cause through a portion of the proceeds!
Why do you think people should buy/gift/subscribe to Art Box Surprise?
Because when you support local arts you support your community, art brings energy to your space, and who doesn’t love a good surprise?!!