Rachel grew up on a cattle ranch near Whitefish, Montana. As a teen she was moved to Havre, Montana which is a small railroad town located between the Chippewa-Cree and Assiniboine Indian reservations. This experience has had a profound impact on Rachel's interest in Native American customs and spiritual philosophies.
It was during her time enrolled at the Flathead Valley Community College that Rachel had the opportunity to study Renaissance Art History in the northern cities of Italy under the instruction of professor John G. Rawlings. Because of this life expanding experience, the artist continues to stay connected with European art, culture and the Italian language. In 2000, Rachel completed her B.F.A. at Montana State University in Billings and began her career in fine art shortly after graduation.
Rachel is inspired by many of the great oil colorists throughout American and European painting history, specifically; Inness, Redon, Mancini, Whistler, Corot, Pissarro, and Monet. Her greatest artistic influence is the Livingston, Montana painter Russell Chatham. The term 'tonalism' has become popular in recent years and it is very often associated with the quiet harmonies dispatched in the palettes of this oil painting master. Rachel considers herself a student of all of the great naturalist painters and a lifetime apprentice of Russell Chatham.
*In March of 2015, Rachel was honored as one of the important women artists of Glacier National Park in the show, book, and documentary,' A Timeless Legacy'. The Hockaday Museum of Art will be hosting a second show to celebrate the women artists of Glacier National Park in August of 2016 where Rachel will be a participating Signature Member.
*In April of 2016, Rachel will be a speaker and teacher at the world's largest convention of plein air artists. The event is hosted by PAC (Plein Air Convention) in Tucson, AZ and has a star studded faculty including master painters; Katherine Stats, Bill Anton, Matt Smith,and Jove Wang.Inquire