Rainen Knecht, along with Christopher Baird, moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles last year. She is a painter who has recently expanded her repertoire from watercolor to oil painting. She is fascinated by miniature worlds and much of her new work has bold broad strokes that are counterbalanced by intricate detail. Many of them offer a view into another, seemingly infinite realm. In preparation for working on canvas, Rainen often does preliminary “drawings/paintings” on old scrap book paper and also works with collage. In addition to her active painting practice, Rainen is working in conservation at the Getty on the maintenance of their outdoor sculpture collection.