Rachel studied at St. Martin’s College of Art in the 1980’s. She went on to work as an illustrator for 20 years. In 2007 she began her personal painting career and now works from a studio at home in her native Edinburgh.
Her work has been selected for the major open exhibitions of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts . In 2010 she exhibited in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition at the Mall Galleries, London and was the winner of the Art Exposure Award at The Royal Glasgow Institute. In 2012 she was a runner up in the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize with Silver Spoons.
Central to Rachel’s work is a core of skilled draughtsmanship, through her close study of day-to-day objects she reveals a beauty not immediately apparent. Her work though is elevated from simple "study" by the consideration given to composition. By isolating the subject or by careful placement with other objects she suggests another context and imbues the subject with heightened weight or meaning. These compositions of spoons, twists of coloured thread and delicate eggs create stillness and engage. On close examination in each spoon's bowl is cupped a small reflected image of the artist.