After growing up in Berkshire and Northamptonshire, Rachel made a much desired break for the north and studied for a Fine Art Painting and Printmaking Degree at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle upon Tyne, later completing a Masters Degree at the same university. She lives and works as an artist in Cumbria.
BA Hons Fine Art & Printmaking – University of Northumbria
MA Fine Art & Education - University of Northumbria
Lecturing and Teaching
University of Cumbria – Drawing and Visual Studies for Degree and Foundation Degree
Carlisle College and St Aidan’s County High School – A level Art and Design
Visiting Lecturer University of Central Lancashire – Book Arts and Graphics
Workshops and Residencies
2008 – Drawing from Experience in association with Keith Tyson
2006 - Arts & Minds, Cumbria. Performance and drawing
2005 - Performance and Drawing - University of Northumbria, TRACEY
2000 - Andy Goldsworthy Sheepfolds, Education Project.
Paintings, Prints and Artist’s Books are in public and private collections throughout the country and abroad including the Tate Modern Library Collection, Tate Britain Library Collection; the V & A Library Collection; Northern Arts; Tullie House Museum; R.V.I. Collection, Newcastle; Book Arts, University of West England, Bristol.
Work has been published in Stone Lithography (Paul Croft), Printmaking Today, Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Graphics International, Cumbria Life, The Independent and Real Art.
Paint, Print and Artists Books - Statement of Practice
Rachel’s imagery involves complex combinations, using a range of media to create visual experiences that are both subtle and mysterious. Through layering, erasing, drawing, painting and redrawing, each piece carries its own history, expressing a link between thought, experience and memory and all the uncertainties in between.
In her home studio near Carlisle, Rachel prints on her beautiful old stone litho press, paints and draws. The work acts as a response to the ancient landscape and the transient seasonal life of the North Pennine and Cumbrian Fells.
Stone lithography is perhaps the print medium most closely associated with painting and drawing. The marks and washes reproduced from stone to paper have a direct connection with pencil and brush and this gives the resulting print its unique vitality.
Artists Books present visual ideas in alternative ways. They combine materials, imagery, and presentation with an emphasis on involvement and intimacy. Working both independently and in collaboration with ‘Real Art’, a book art collective, Rachel continues to make Artists Books as part of her developing practice.
Rachel’s work reflects an intuitive connection with memory and sense of place. Using references from the natural world, she explores in drawing, print and painting the idea of a covert, almost mystical place which can entrance and beguile but also exists on the edge, treading a delicate balance between creation and destruction.
Small finds and casual observations on daily walks make a creative frame work around which she develops ideas and imagery.
‘I look for and record found objects and natural events that act as echoes from the past or signposts to the future, creating a body of work which can suggest shelter and growth but also fragility and loss. An empty nest is found beneath a winter tree: birds in flight animate a turbulent sky: a feather lies immaculate beside the muddy path: a single bird crosses the path white with snow.
It is the power, poetry and tenderness of these simple things that I find compelling.’
2016 TRANSIENT : recent paintings, drawings, animations and artists books
The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
Selected Group Exhibitions
2016 – Ground 3, Florence Mine, Cumbria
2016 – RSA Open Exhibition, Edinburgh
2016 – One minute Hull, Film and Animation.
2016 – North meets South, Gallery 53, Salisbury
2015/16 – New Light Prize Exhibition, Bowes Museum, County Durham & Harrogate
2015 – Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
2015 – Upfront Open, Cumbria – (commendation award)
2014 - Painting Now, One Church Street Gallery, Bucks
2014 - Open Up North, Cumbria,( commendation award)
2014 - Artists Books, Baltic, Gateshead
2013 - Unique Drawings, One Church Street Gallery, Bucks
2012 - Drawing Open, One Church Street Gallery, Bucks ( exhibition award )
2011 – Open Up North, The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, Cumbria
2009 – The Lakes Artists, Grasmere ( exhibition award )
2007 - Selected Alumni Exhibition, University of Northumbria
2006 - Landmarks III, Lowood Gallery, Cumbria ( exhibition award )
Elected a member of the Lake Artists Society in 2009.
2017 Finalist, Cumbria Life Culture Awards (Visual Arts)