U.S. based artist, Pauline Rakis paints abstract and figurative artworks. Rakis implements an intuitive and gestural painting style while tackling traditional themes such as landscapes and still lives. She works with acrylic paint and manipulates the media to create various textures, consistencies, and marks. Her collage pieces include acrylic paint and colored tissue. She uses vinegar and rusted items to alter the coloration and texture of the media in her work and has experimented with other materials as well. Her paintings are brightly colored and involve brushstrokes and dripping. The abstract paintings are meant to ignite discussions for viewers and are not created with just one meaning in mind.
Rakis is a member of several art organizations such as Montgomery Art Association, Olney Art Association, Art League of Ocean City, Maryland, Baltimore WaterColor Society, and Women’s Caucus for the Arts. Her artwork is influenced by impressionist painters and traveling. Rakis uses a developed impressionist mark-making style to create both her representational and abstract paintings. She enjoys uncovering imagery and seeing how a painting evolves during her artistic process.