Rachel's background is as an illustrator. After graduating from Maidstone College of Art with a BA(Hons) in Illustration she worked as a freelancer in editorial publishing for over twenty-five years.
While living in Essex, Rachel discovered The Fry Gallery in Saffron Walden and was inspired by the work of the ‘Artists of Great Bardfield’, in particular Edward Bawden, Eric Ravilious and Sheila Robinson, and also Charles Shearer. Having always been fascinated by the craft of printmaking, she decided to enrol in a short course at The Curwen Print Study Centre near Cambridge and has never looked back.
Her work is in many private collections and her clients have included various organisations including The Department of Health; The London Philharmonic Orchestra; BBC Books and many more. Recently she was invited to teach as ‘Artist in Residence’ at Wetherby Senior School in Marylebone.
Rachel has been inspired to interpret the beautiful buildings, stations and scenes that surround her in West London.
'Some of these buildings are so well known and used, yet very often overlooked. I wanted to stop, appreciate them properly, get to know every curve, brick, nook and cranny and interpret their beauty onto paper.'
Each project starts by visiting, sketching and photographing a chosen building at different times of the day and night. Developing this back in the studio, Rachel works out what she wants to ‘say’ about the building. A sketch becomes a detailed drawing which is then transferred onto lino or cardboard, then the lengthy process of cutting, inking, wiping, scratching and masking the 'block' starts. Finally the creation of an edition, at the moment without a press, by hand burnishing each print with a wooden spoon or a Japanese barren, one unique print at a time - all made with lots of care, dedication and patience.
Rachel works from her home studio in West London, where visitors are always welcome by appointment.