Rachelle Weisberger is a talented painter, a licensed art teacher, and a board certified cosmetologist. She is also an entrepreneur, who created her own line of cosmetics and skin care products, and is the author of Biblical Beauty: Ancient Secrets and Modern Solutions.

Born and raised in New York City, Rachelle graduated from Queens College in 1966, where she studied painting with Louis Finkelstein and John Ferren.

Since the 1970’s, Rachelle has exhibited her artwork in galleries in the tri-state area, and her paintings are represented in private collections. An active member of the New York Society of Women Artists since 1984, she is also a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild.

Excerpts from an interview with Meagan Meehan for Examiner.com.

MM: Growing up, which artists and styles interested you?

RW: Early on, I was drawn to the 20th century abstract artists who defied the established artistic conventions.
Their innovative use of color, lighting and spatial relationships introduced a new visual language that resonated with me, especially in works by Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Henri Matisse, Stuart Davis and Georgia O’Keefe. And I spent many hours studying the vibrant palettes and expressive brushworks of the Fauvist and Impressionist painters.

MM: To date, what has been the most rewarding experience involving being an artist?

RW: For me, the process of creating is its own reward. Every painting provides a challenge that opens my eyes and mind to new ways of looking at shapes, lines and colors as they move organically to completion. When I place the final brush stroke on the canvas, I feel joy and satisfaction knowing that I have succeeded in sharing my artistic vision. Of course, having an audience that appreciates my effort is satisfying, too!