. . . hi, I'm Rachel . . . welcome! As an Artist I have had a lifetime love affair with nature and the world around me and have spent that lifetime portraying it through an array of artistic mediums as seen through my eyes.
✿ ✿ ✿ My first book is now available online through Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Authorhouse Publishers. The title is 'Sweet Dreams and Starry Nights'. It's a story of a little girl who gets a book on her birthday which turns out to be magical. ✿ ✿ ✿ I am also listed on Zazzle http://www.zazzle.com/notasparrow where you can buy t-shirts and other collectibles with my art. (a work in progress) If you're interested in seeing an illustration of mine on the site, send me an email and I'll put it up asap! I also tweet @notasparrow
Thanks to all of you who have made a purchase or added a kind comment to my work. Your support means everything to me! If you're interested in any kind of custom work, illustrations, portraits or fine art, or purchasing originals, I would love to work with you! Send me an email and we can talk about your project.
Rachel's Bio . . .
Rachel started her art career early in life as a child, with strong influences from her mother and grandmother who were both accomplished in the visual arts. Her father was very creative and also exceptionally skilled in crafts and woodworking. So it appears she was pre-destined from birth for a creative way of life. She took her first private art classes when she was in the first grade.
She attended Southern Illinois University after finishing high school, then transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she received her BFA in painting & drawing. While at the Art Institute in addition to her painting and drawing classes she studied film, film history, animation, anatomy, scientific illustration, graphic design, ceramic sculpture, holography & 3D time arts. She also studied commercial art, illustration, advertising and watercolor painting at the American Academy of Art in Chicago for two years.
Rachel has been employed in the arts as a museum nature display artist & sculptor, illustrator, designer, muralist, graphic artist, technical illustrator and has spent many years serving the public with a reputation for consistently exceeding client expectations in her paintings and drawings. She has done hundreds of black & white pencil drawings of dogs & cats and in 1999 had an article written about her in a polish dog magazine in Europe called “Wouf”. She has done her own 35mm photography since high school and transitioned to digital over the past few years.
She has done charity work for local churches in her community as well as professional organizations such as the American Cancer Society and has also shared her art skill with local neighborhood schools. She has exhibited her art in numerous art shows in the Chicago area and in Southern Illinois, and has work in private collections around the world.
Rachel currently resides in Pella, Iowa.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago undergraduate exhibition
Traveling Peace exhibit show
Balmoral Art Show
Lincoln Mall art & craft exhibit
School of the Art Institute of Chicago alumni 3” x 4” traveling show
South Holland gallery of art show 2003
South Holland gallery of art show 2004
South Holland gallery of art show 2005
South Holland gallery of art show 2006
South Holland gallery of art show 2007
Art around the square, Fusion Lounge Carbondale October 2008
Fusion Lounge, Carbondale, IL 2008
Varsity Theatre grand opening, Carbondale 2008
Rustle Hill winery, October 11-17, 2008
Art Lovers gallery Carbondale, IL
Art around the square, Hair Brains, Carbondale May 2009
Art around the square, Alliance Investment, Carbondale October 2009
Rend Lake College, Individual Show, Ina, IL February 11 - March 3 2010
Marion, IL Art on the Square ~ 2011.
Third Reformed Church, Pella, Iowa ~ 'Stations of the Cross' - 2013
She has also shown her work in numerous neighborhood community shows in the Chicago area.