Artist Rachel Walker-Hook Creates Wood And Resin Art Inspired By The Ocean
More and more artists are discovering the impressive versatility of epoxy resin. Resin jewelry and sculptures are popular but now talented artists are using this medium to construct stunning and functional furniture pieces. Maryland-based artist Rachel Walker-Hook, for one, combines resin with live edge wood to make enchanting ocean tables.
Walker-Hook’s creative journey is a literal example of transforming trauma into triumph. In a podcast interview, she revealed that her fascination with art began while she was recovering from a concussion. Overwhelmed by a multitude of emotions at the time, she then decided to pour her heart into art. She also likened her emotions back then to a large body of water. So, this essentially explains why it’s the theme for most of her masterpieces.
Maryland-based artist Rachel Walker-Hook uses resin to portray the beauty of the ocean on different wooden pieces
From acrylic painting, the artist gradually shifted to resin art. With its amazing ability to replicate the properties of water, it’s indeed the perfect medium for Walker-Hook’s pieces. To create her wave-inspired tables, she uses live edge wood and coats it fully with protective epoxy resin. Using resin that’s originally intended for boat repair, Walker-Hook guarantees that her creations can resist wear and tear.
She then carefully mixes the pigments until she achieves her desired hues for the different levels of the ocean water. Her choice of pigments typically includes acrylic ink, alcohol ink, as well as mica powder. Meanwhile, she also uses an underpainting technique to create an “intense depth” to her pieces. So, when applying color to the wood, she normally builds it up with five to ten layers. That way, she can effectively emulate not just the depth of the water but also the crashing waves.
In addition to tables, Walker-Hook also creates coasters, phone cases and a variety of decorative items using the same materials. And the best part? They’re all available for purchase via her Etsy shop, Chessie Goes Wild Art. What’s more, all proceeds from the shop will help fund her essential medical care. So, if you’re looking for one-of-a-kind home décor, feel free to check out her pages to see more of her resin artwork.