I paint for many reasons; love, expression, rebellion, experimentation, goodwill, and for a living. The creative process is a healing process that requires reflection. I consider my work to be a healing process that examines the ability of the human spirit to rise above personal difficulty. Many of my current paintings combine abstraction and literal representation and are intended to invoke memories of life’s brighter moments and to infuse the healing process with renewed hope for the future. The resulting paintings are energetic and representative of the transformational nature of the human spirit.
Painting, music, performance, and writing have been my artistic life since childhood. In 2001, a friend, Max Abrams (saxophonist, The Mavericks), dared me to paint onstage with a jazz band in Franklin, Tennessee. This gig lead to hundreds and performances and collaborations with popular American music artists and name brands. Working independently and as a member of the Nashville artist collective MuzikMafia, I toured the country, painting in performance. The experience of working/painting in popular music, primarily country music, allowed me to show expressive, abstract art to nontraditional art audiences and venues such as amphitheaters, dive bars, cornfields, and sporting events. In sharing my creative/learning process with many people who had not experienced art, I experienced an openness and deepening of meaning in the stories and ideas we, as strangers, shared with each other. These experiences continue to influence my projects and opinion that art is a necessary part of our world and that it connects us to each other, despite our differences.
My current practice is based in Los Angeles, California. I spend most of my time painting, writing, and walking my dog and twin flame, Prince.
Rachel Kice is a painter and performance artist best known for bridging the gap between consumer culture and art, by creating paintings onstage with popular American music artists. In hundreds of performances, Rachel has collaborated with diverse range of artists including MuzikMafia, Big & Rich, Kid Rock, Gretchen Wilson, Lee Ann Womack, Willie Nelson, George Clinton, Jewel, & Jon Bon Jovi, Bella Fleck, Rob Giles (The Rescues, Circa Zero), Tracy Silverman, & Ravi Coltrane. Her commissions and collaborations include Hal Leonard Publishing, Warner Brothers, Chevy, Harley Davidson, Hard Rock Cafe, Mead, MUSICARES, TEDx, NASCAR, Clear Channel Outdoor, and Prilosec. Her work has appeared in media outlets including CNN, ABC, CMT, GMAC, TNT, 60 Minutes, The TV Guide Channel, Fuse Network, and The Radio Music Awards, People, Star, GQ, USA Today, The National Enquirer, and Country Weekly. Her paintings are part of numerous private collections and public collections including the Tennessee State Museum, Warner Brothers, and Creative Artists Agency. Rachel is an original member and the only visual artist associated with MuzikMafia, the Nashville artist’s collective that rose to national acclaim by 2005 with the multi-platinum success of Big & Rich and Gretchen Wilson. Rachel maintains a studio practice in Los Angeles, CA.