Rachel Handlin was born in New York City, grew up in California, and moved full time to Hawaii in 2009. She lives in Kailua, Hawaii with her parents, her three dogs, and her three cats.
In 2015, Rachel graduated and received her full academic high school diploma from St Andrew’s Priory School. Founded in 1867 by Queen Emma of the Hawaiian monarchy, Rachel was the first student with Down syndrome in the school’s history.
A talented young photographer who is already developing her own visual voice, Rachel connects deeply to such artists as Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol. Some of her best photographic works display strong Pop Art influences. She has a singular perspective, finding art in the details of the world that typically go unnoticed, and she is particularly drawn to reflections, patterns, and textures that are all around but that others miss. Rachel sees and hears and experiences the world uniquely, and her recordation and renderings of the world are equally unique.
Rachel has recently graduated at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California, earning herself the prestigious Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Media. Congratulations Rachel! 🙂