Painting is not just a passion for abstract artist Rachel Carapetis, it’s also a way for her to express her love of the medium.
The 50-year-old has been painting for more than two years, working primarily as an artist to create original and affordable artworks.
“It’s a way of expressing my love of painting and creating something from nothing,” Rachel says. “My style and art is evolving and I’m doing something I absolutely love.”
When she’s not working on a new masterpiece, Rachel says she loves spending time in her beautiful family home – a mix of heritage character and sleek contemporary touches.
“We have lived here for over 15 years,” she says.
“I love natural colours, textures and indoor plants and greenery are just the finishing touch with a neutral palette.
“I love being at home with my family and our dogs, pottering around, gardening or just taking the time to slow down a little.”
An abstract artist. Part-time work so I can enjoy down time and family.
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS/BEST KNOWN FOR …
Working for Qantas and my eye for detail, helping people style their homes and painting affordable art work canvases.
I HAVE LIVED IN MY HOME FOR …
MY HOME IS …
An 1890 sandstone villa.
I LIVE WITH …
My husband, children and two dogs.
I LOVE MY HOME BECAUSE …
It’s my safe haven and a place where I can indulge in my love of interiors.
BUT I STILL NEED TO …
There is always something that can be done or re-done … styles and colours change over time.
MY DECORATING STYLE IS …
My own, contemporary, natural colours with black and white and a love of greenery in plants.
Canvas & Sasson bedside table lamps.
I COLLECT …
Not really a collector or hoarder, if anything I love decluttering and culling.
● Our two dogs
● My artworks and wooden pieces bought home from holidays in Bali.
● Spending time with my husband and our children.
IN MY GARDEN I HAVE …
Lots of greenery which is low maintenance and looks smart.
WHEN I GET HOME AT NIGHT …
There is always lots to do.
AT WEEKENDS I LIKE TO …
Potter around, do some gardening, catch up with friends.
MY FIRST CAR WAS …
An orange Datsun 120Y.
I LIKE TO LISTEN TO …
My own music playlist.
AT THE MOMENT I AM READING …
A wellness and mindful book.
CLEAN FREAK OR MESSY BESSIE?
Definitely a clean freak.
ON MY WISHLIST IS …
To travel anywhere and everywhere I can when we can.
WHEN I’M HOME I LIKE TO COOK …
Not really into cooking.
FAV CAFE/RESTAURANT/ BAR
Like trying different places no fave.
Gin and tonic.
WHEN I WAS A CHILD I WANTED TO BE …
FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD MEMORY
Singing Abba songs with my friend and neighbour across the road, Sandra.
IF I COULD CHANGE CAREER NOW I WOULD BE …
A full-time interior stylist and famous painter artist.
FAVOURITE SA HOLIDAY SPOT OR ACTIVITY
Seeing all the amazing places South Australia has to offer and there are just so many.
DREAM HOLIDAY DESTINATION
Antarctica and an African safari.
SOMETHING YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS?
Health, happiness and fulfilment in all I do.
MY NEIGHBOURS ARE …
Just lovely people.
I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT …
My children and husband.
IF I COULD AFFORD IT I WOULD LIVE …
By the beach in a modern home.
HOME MEANS …
Everything and more to me. It’s my space, our space where we have worked so hard together to live where we do.