Rachel Wooster, the photographer behind Wildflower's Creations

Rachel has been called Wildflower since she was a wee-one and has been creating artwork just as long. She has always been concerned with history, nature, and the well-being of animals. She has done rehabilitation work with wildlife, foster work with cats, and spay education. The importance of volunteering and community was instilled in her from a young age by her parents. She currently is focused on restoring a historic Victorian home she lives in and creating an edible garden on the property. This current focus is allowing her to delve deeper into her love of history and combine that with her goal of living harmoniously with nature. Sharing these experiences and teaching them to her godson is of the highest priority to her. The future of our planet is dependent on us and how we teach our children, teaching them the importance of being caretakers and guardians of our planet is essential.

Her childhood was spent in rural Iowa and Ohio. This exposed her to farm life and a slower pace of life than what she later experienced in southern California as a teen and young adult. She spent much of her early adulthood finding her own balance between the convenience of city life and the joy of rural living. She has settled down in Boulder Creek in the Santa Cruz mountains. It is a small town with a very rural liberal hippy feel to it, which is important to her as a lesbian artist and writer. The ability to reconnect with nature and have a sense of community is giving her balance and joy in her life that has been missing for many years.

Her artwork is a reflection of the joy and love that she sees in nature and all living things.  It helps to document, educate, and celebrate people living in harmony with nature.

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EDUCATION
     2011 - 2015     Foothill College, Major Photography - Los Altos, CA

SKILLS
     Conservation Photography
     Portraits & Headshots
     Product Photography
     Lightroom
     Event Coordination & Exhibition Assistant
     Writer, Reporter, & Blogger

STUDIED WITH
     Kate Jordahl
     Moshe Quinn
     Oliver Klink

EXHIBITS
     4/18/2018 - 6/16/2018     Spoken / Unspoken - SCM Art Center, Ben Lomond CA

     6/23/2014 - 9/26/2014     Huangshan & Zhangjiajie, China - KCI, Los Altos, CA

     8/18/2013 - 10/17/2013     The Faces of Sulphur Creek - PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA

     6/15/2013 - 8/17/2013     Through the Lens - PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA

     4/17/2013 - 5/17/2013     In Focus - KCI, Los Altos, CA

     3/16/2013 -5/18/2013     Spring Exhibition 2013: 30th - PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA

     6/9/2012 - 9/29/2012     Golden Gate Bridge: Then & Now - PhotoCentral, Hayward, CA

PUBLICATIONS
     12/2013 - 11/2016     Newspaper, Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin, reporter & photographer

     3/28/2013     Book, International Steampunk Fashions, by Victoriana Lady Lisa,
          Portrait of Dr. Brassy Steamington, page 135

EXPERIENCE
     Wildflower's Creations - Boulder Creek, CA
          1999 - Present    
          Owner & Artist - Images with Purpose

     Santa Cruz Mountains Art Center - Ben Lomond, CA
          4/2017 – Present    
          Member & Volunteer - Regular Exhibiting Artist, Docent, & Web Presence

     San Lorenzo Valley Museum - Boulder Creek, CA
          1/2014 – 7/2015, 7/2017 – Present    
          Volunteer - Docent & Office Assistant

    Santa Cruz Mountain Bulletin - Boulder Creek, CA
          12/2013 - 11/2016    
          Head Reporter, Webmaster, & Social Media Manager - News & Web Presence

     Boulder Creek Insider - Boulder Creek, CA
          7/2013 - 2/2015      
          Volunteer - Blogger

     PhotoCental - Hayward, CA
          5/2012 - 12/2015   
          Volunteer - Exhibition Assistant, Publicity

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