ARTIST SUBMITTED BIO
Rachel Hermes is a young artist studying at Kansas State University. Her works explore how fleeting and fragile the human experience is, with a particular emphasis on humankind’s relationship with nature and the cycle of death and life. Her subjects are often depicted in vulnerable positions with their faces obscured, surrounded by plants, insects, or ambiguous forms. She has dedicated her life to creating art, but had not always envisioned becoming a traditional painter. Her love of art developed when she first discovered digital media at a young age, and she then dreamed of becoming a concept artist or video game designer. It was not until the end of high school that she began to realize her love of oil painting, but since then that has become her primary focus. While at K-State, she has received several scholarships and awards, including the Mary Lucille Dunn Art Scholarship. Her work will be published in the 2017 edition of Touchstone Magazine and is soon to be on display at a First Friday solo show at Omaha Yoga & Bodywork Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Outside of painting, she enjoys playing bassoon, planning webcomics, and watching Magical Girl anime.