Printmaker. A fascination with the history of local buildings and scenery, interpreted through hand made prints.
Each proposed project starts by visiting, sketching and photographing a chosen building or scene at different times of the day and night, later developing this back in the studio.
‘I work out what I want to ‘say’ about the building, whether the history behind the building becomes part of the print or whether I am going to make a print purely about the aesthetics of my current subject.’ A sketch becomes a detailed drawing which is then transferred onto lino or cardboard, then the lengthy process of cutting, inking, wiping and masking the 'block' starts. Finally the creation of an edition by hand burnishing each print with a Japanese baren, one unique print at a time - made with lots of care, dedication, patience and joy!
Rachel studied Illustration at Maidstone College of Art in the 1980s. After graduating she went freelance, focusing mainly on editorial and educational illustration. Looking for a change in artistic direction, a short course in Printmaking at The Curwen Print Study Centre near Cambridge, inspired her to focus on producing prints from her home studio, where visitors are always welcome by appointment.
Rachel was selected for The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2018 and has been shortlisted this year. Her work is in many private collections in the UK and USA.