Rachel Emma Torckler

How To Be An Artist

“He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata. What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.”
— Whakataukī | Māori Proverb

When I was younger I knew exactly what the meaning of life was, and what I was put on this world to do. The older I get, the more colour creeps into my black and white, and the more I realise that I don’t really know anything at all. But I have begun to find meaning in people, and in the earth. In each one of us I see vitality and potential that points the way to a holistic meaning that I am trying to grasp. My work is about people.

The Crowd

Just, looking, at them.


I have been sketching strangers, painting the people I see on the bus, on the street, as I walk through the world. By taking the time to notice, to draw and to paint, I would like to pull focus from the macro to the individual; an individual person or moment. A flash of colour that reveals something of another’s nature. Nobody can intimately know the whole of humanity, nor see the entirety of the path that humankind might be taking. But we can connect, and empathise, and recognise in each other the vitality that we all share.

And maybe take a moment just to look, and see each other, and know that each is valuable simply for being.


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