Fine Art trained, Rachel has been working as an artist in the West Country for the last 20 years and exhibiting her work countrywide. Previously she lived in rural France.
During her career she has transitioned from her degree in fine art Painting, via a partnership making bespoke textiles and wall hangings to the present day: dividing her time between making textile art works and “mixed media assemblage” as she refers to her driftwood based pieces.
Since returning to England after living in rural France, Rachel settled on the North Devon coast. Her walks along the estuary and coast lead to gathering driftwood and other flotsam and jetsam from the beach.
“Having creative work to focus on has been a great release from all the unknowns of recent months. A place where I have agency and am free to explore. Most challenging has been access to raw materials. I have been forced to revisit my dwindling stocks and take on some of the more difficult pieces of wood.These are the ones that have sat on the sidelines gathered because I saw some potential but the idea never quite came: a long confectioners spoon from a boot sale in France, some chunky pieces from the remnants of a beach bonfire and other driftwood odds and ends. This was their time, a time to soar above and take a flight of fancy.”