An environmentally conscious painter living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Rachel grew up in rural Oklahoma where she developed a great appreciation for nature, spending ample time at her family’s farmland. As a young girl she expressed her love of nature through art. She developed her observational skills and artistic talent nurtured by her family and teachers, and before attending university was fortunate to be mentored by Kathleen Blake, a well known artist in Oklahoma.

 

Rachel received two BFAs in Painting and Art History from the University of Kansas. She studied abroad at the Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, and attended printmaking workshops from Ron Pokrasso in Santa Fe, New Mexico. After graduating university, Rachel worked as a studio assistant for Carol Ann Carter and more recently has been active in the San Francisco Bay Area art scene.

 

From the modernist landscapes of Cezanne to the contemporary artwork of surrealists from Australia, Rachel continually feeds her mind with artwork from every corner of the world. This variety of influence leads her to treat each piece as unique and special, injecting strong conceptual elements in the creation process. The images she creates often become surreal with unexpected combinations of symbols and shapes, interwoven with alluring colors. Rachel regularly draws inspiration from her love of nature as an escape from the crowds of the Bay Area, or conversely to criticize the human impact on the environment. In the past year Rachel’s work has taken a more personal tone as a young cancer survivor, creating artwork that is meditative and cathartic.

EDUCATION

 

UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, Lawrence, KS

BFA Visual Art (Painting) (Magna Cum Laude)

BFA History of Art (Magna Cum Laude)

Minor in French Language

MARCHUTZ SCHOOL OF ART, Institute for American Universities, Aix-en-Provence, France.

               

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL OKLAHOMA, Edmond, OK

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

 

FIVE 3 GALLERY, Laguna Beach, California

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

CAFFE FRASCATI, Antscapes, San Jose, CA 2019-2020

KANSAS UNION GALLERY, Still Scenes, Lawrence, KS  2014

 

THE BOURGEOIS PIG, Still Scenes, Lawrence, KS 2014

 

FIVE BAR, From France to Kansas, Lawrence, KS  2013

                 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

D'ART CENTER, Divulge, Norfolk, VA 2020

WORKS/SAN JOSE, For Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor..., San Jose, CA 2020

TRITON MUSEUM OF ART, Covid-19: Life in a Pandemic, San Jose, CA 2020

SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, Connection/Misconnection, Lawrence, KS  2012

BG GALLERY, Spectrum Gestalt Projects, Santa Monica, CA, 2018

ARC GALLERY, Impulse, San Francisco, CA  2016

LEEDY-VOULKOS ART CENTER, Divine, Kansas City, MO  2014

KALEID GALLERY, HARK!, San Jose, CA 2018

WORKS/SAN JOSE, Anti-Valentine Show, San Jose, CA 2018

WORKS/SAN JOSE, Alternative Facts, Taking Liberties & Annual Auction, San Jose, CA 2017

LOCAL COLOR ART STUDIOS, Earth Day Art Show, San Jose, CA  2017

SUNNYVALE ART GALLERY, Final Show, Sunnyvale, CA  2016

SJ FORAGER, Land/escapes, San Jose, CA  2016

ARTILLERY A.G. GALLERY, The Mission District, San Francisco, CA,  2015

 

2016 MAIN GALLERY, Exhibition with artists of Seedco Studio, Kansas City, MO  2014

 

SAVAGE ART GALLERY, Something Red, Tulsa, OK  2012

                 

PHOENIX GALLERY, Sublime, Lawrence, KS  2014

 

STUDIO BONGIORNO, The Art of Politics, Santa Clara, CA  2016

 

SEEDCO STUDIOS, Lost and Found, Lawrence, KS  2014

 

BUTTONWOOD ART SPACE, Visions of the Flint Hills, Kansas City, MO  2014

 

ART AND DESIGN GALLERY, Graduate Exhibition, University of Kansas  2014          

 

(3) ART AND DESIGN GALLERY, Scholarship Show, University of Kansas 2012-2014

                 

MARCHUTZ SCHOOL OF ART, Final Exhibition, Aix-en-Provence, France  2013

 

CLUB 115, RAW OKC, semi-finalist for artist of the year, Oklahoma City, OK  2012

 

RAW OKC, July showcase, Oklahoma City, OK  2012

 

BENEFIT ART AUCTION FOR ZACHARY GRAAS, Pachamama’s, organization and curation of event  2012

 

           

SELECTED AWARDS/RESIDENCIES

 

AWARD OF MERIT from Janet-Davidson Hues for Remember that you are from Dust, and to Dust you shall Return

 

AWARD OF MERIT from Marilyn Stokstad for Untitled Still Life   

 

ARTIST RESIDENCY at the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska 2014

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