Rachel is a storyteller at heart. Whether by narrative or canvas, Rachel is not afraid to tackle messy conflict, big emotions and dialogue about mental health.
On canvas, she works with acrylic, oil pastel and text from her own writings or her favourite used books. At the moment, she is intoxicated by pastels and earthy neutrals.
A large body of Rachel’s work is influenced by the relationship between structured space and unpredictable spills. This tug of war approach to painting is informed by Rachel’s upbringing in a conservative home and her innate response to not feeling at peace in a religiously structured environment. She uses poetry to breathe meaning into the abstraction of her pieces.
Rachel grew up in Northern Saskatchewan where it was cold and icy before moving to West Coast British Columbia where it was rainy and drear before ending up in the mountainous, sunny Okanagan where she will never leave.