I am a painter. I use a thin plastic material to make oil paintings that hover between representation and abstraction.
My goal is to produce a painting that generates as intense of an experience as possible; to impart a presence that defies their scale, and to fill them with a density and a pressure that can only exist in this kind of format. The results are works that oscillate between a maudlin naiveté and a serious, desperate search for something in painting that is worth renewing.
A native of Antlers, Oklahoma, Rachel earned her Master of Fine Art Degree in Drawing and Painting at the University of New Orleans in 2008. Rachel has shown her work nationally and internationally. In 2009 she was invited to mount a solo exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Her work is part of that museum’s permanent collection, as well as many other private collections. Rachel’s work has been reviewed in national publications, including ArtForum, Art Papers, the New Orleans Art Review, and TimeOut Chicago. In 2008 Rachel also co-founded The Front, a gallery in New Orleans that is a cornerstone of the St Claude arts district; the only completely artist-run gallery district in America.