Rachael has been living in Brooklyn since 1996, coming to New York and obtaining her BFA at Pratt after growing up in the Pacific Northwest. From her own words:
Check it out at the debut tonight.
I make paintings that celebrate boldness and personal strength in the face of cultural constraints. These portraits illustrate through concept and craft, the dynamism of identity-driven, social and visual contradiction.
As a reflection of the subject, I attempt to demonstrate these concepts through a set of often contradictory yet harmonious visual elements. Subtle textures are held within and against graphic shape. Highly refined elements are set against what is loose and gestural, as muted colors reveal the bold.
By deliberately fusing these diverse elements into what is a balanced and iconic composition, I wish to represent the diversity, beauty and an unapologetic sense of self in the subject.