Primarily self-taught, Rachelle has been a professional artist for over 10 years. Her luscious palette knife paintings reveal an artist who is passionate about the world around her as she captures the emotion and essence of life on the canvas.
Rachelle works in oil using dynamic and bold marks, as she creates an original and exquisite body of work. Her love of the natural beauty that surrounds us has moved Rachelle to share these special places and moments, capturing the emotion and impressions she feels and transferring them to canvas. Her landscapes and trees often reflect her favourite time of year, fall, which is evident in the bold use of yellows, oranges, and reds.
She especially loves to work on large scale pieces. Her work has a strong organic feel, her florals are imbued with light and texture using vivid colours juxtaposed with soft creams and whites.
She is represented in various galleries in Canada, and participates in select exhibitions throughout the year.
As an avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast I am constantly in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us each day. My inspiration comes from the things that I am drawn to and feel a connection with. My paintings are designed to evoke emotion, radiate contentment, and bring happiness.
Working in oils has become my passion as I mix the thick creamy paint and apply it to the canvas with various size palette knives. In an effort to capture the moment as fresh and intuitively as possible, I endeavour to complete the painting in one lengthly session. I want to take the viewer back to a special place and memory. In a world that sometimes feels bleak and dark, I have no greater joy than bringing a smile to a face and joy to the heart.
Self-Taught Artist, Various Artistic workshops
Feature Artist Exhibitions
Avens Gallery -Sept 2022, May 2021, April 2018
Websters Gallery - July 2022
Alicat Gallery Fall exhibition and sale - October 2011
Alicat Gallery Fall exhibition and sale - October 2012
Branching Out Tree Show, Willow Studio - Jan-Mar 2011, Jan-Mar 2012
Branching Out Feature Artist - Jul-Sep 2011
Group Shows and Acknowledgements
Calgary Art Market and Show (Juried) - Nov 2019, Nov 2021, Nov 2022
Glitz and Glam Art Walk, Avens Gallery - Dec 20, 2019
Glitz and Glam Art Walk, Avens Gallery - Nov 22, 2018
Your Brain On Art, Branching Out Foundation donation - May 2018
Galleries West magazine - Jan 2017
Nature Moves, Group exhibition, Avens Gallery - May 2015, Feb 2016
Calyx Distinctive Art Group (juried show) - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
From the Easel - Spring 2009, Spring 2012
Arabella Fall 2011 Canadian Art, Architecture & Design Magazine
Elbow Park Community Center - Spring 2008
Chateau Lake Louist Fairmont Hotel
South Calgary Health Campus, Juried Show
Various Private collections
Avens Gallery, Canmore AB
Oceanside Gallery, Qualicum Beach, BC
Websters Gallery, Calgary, AB
Lineham House, Okotoks AB
Gust Gallery, Waterton, AB