FEATURED MAKER: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview
We are excited to announce a new series on Adventures In Making called Featured Maker! We ask an artist/crafter/maker some questions so that we can get to know them better. I’m so happy to have Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy (formerly Peace Owl Forest) talking with us today. I’ve been a huge fan of her work for years. Her art is oozing with hippie flowers, free spirited surfers, and happy thoughts.

Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background?

My name is Rachel from sunny south Florida, a big lover of the sea and flower power. I have been painting and doing art shows since 2009. I formerly was called Peace Owl Forest but recently have changed to Surfy Birdy. My art represents a love for the sea and the freedom it makes you feel.

What do you make and sell?

Paintings done on scrap wood or cardboard, prints, tote bags, baby tees, adult tanks, ceramic things, and more. Lately I have been painting a lot of surf art, longboard surfers, lady sliding, hanging 10, and dream homes like a treehouse, A-frame home, VW van, or tent with some fun waves out back. I also do inspirational quote art and other art that hopes to brighten your day.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

How did you get started and when did you launch your business?

I started back in 2009 when I saw a chance to paint live at a local music festival. I had been painting and decorating my walls and for friends and family and decided to try painting at this festival with my Peace Owl character and from there I was hooked. I started my etsy shop right after and have done many different craft shows, art shows and little music festivals in Florida.

Do you have any philosophies or ideals you try to represent with your work?

I just want to make people smile to feel warm and to inspire adventure.

Where do you look for inspiration?

I get my inspiration from the sea and road trips and adventures and daydreams.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

What does your workspace/studio look like?

I live in a little cottage that feels like a treehouse. It is small with a wood ceiling and marble floor. It has the feeling of living in a camper and it is just perfect for me and my pup Shelly dingo. I craft next to where I sleep and I eat next to where I craft. I like to live simply and have the option the pack up and go if adventure calls.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

Is your business your full time job? Or do you have a day job?

Right now I just do my art on the side. I work at an office with my family. I dream about one day creating full time or even part time but for now it is a balance of work, sea time, and craft time.

Featured Maker: Rachel DeJohn of Surfy Birdy #surfybirdy #artist #interview

Visit her Etsy Shop and follow her on Facebook and Instagram!

Photos by: Ryan Pinder Photography

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  1. Jeanie says

    Thank you for the article on Rachel and her work. I love her work, she’s an awesome artist! Hoping to purchase a picture she’s painted real soon.