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.
On June 7, 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. In the school’s 148-year history, Rachel was the first student with Down syndrome.
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 is currently a freshman at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia, California, where she is working toward her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Media.