about the artist
Rachel graduated Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, N.Y., with a bachelor of fine arts degree in communications design in 1985.
Over the years, she has established herself as a premier national canine illustrator. Most recently, she earned multiple awards at the famous Art Show at the Dog Show 2012 in Witichita, Kansas.
What sets Rachel apart from other pet artists, is her unique ability to capture not only the breed, but the heart and soul of a beloved family pet. As a dog owner and lover herself, she knows that creating a lasting portrait of a pet is a lifetime gift.
And that is what brings her clients back time and time again.
In addition, a 25 year career in the printing industry gives Rachel a further edge in the world of art. Her keen eye for color and color combinations allows her to add the perfect shade to her spectacular portraits.
Rachel has achieved numerous local, regional, and national honors at various exhibits. Most recently she earned dual awards at the famous 2012 ARTSHOWATTHEDOGSHOW in Wichita, Kansas with her pastel “Scottie Confetti” and a watercolor “The English Gentleman.” She has earned awards with various mediums from Graphite to Watercolor to Pastel for over 6 years. Submission of 8 pieces for the “Canine Treasures” exhibit was an honor, a privilege, and a special moment for Rachel at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St Louis, MO.
One of her favorite honors is being accepted several times into the prestigious DOG FANCIERS canine artwork competition held at Sardi's restaurant in NYC in the Fall....Two pieces were accepted in 2006 ..."A Bunch of Bull" french pastel of two English Bull dogs... and "HERE SPOT" a graphite of the dalamations.....
Recently, Wise Women of Blair County announced Rachel as the recipient for the 2012 Arts and Letters honor for outstanding professional achievement, integrity, leadership and dedication standing in the ARTS as a reflection of the mission of women in Blair county.
Rachel uses her passion for the arts to give to give back to her local community by serving as past President for the Pennsylvania Artists Professional Association and serving as a past Chairperson of the "Day of the Arts" at the Juniata Gap elementary school in Altoona. Rachel shares her time with special needs children and horses in a wonderful program called "DREAMS GO ON", the therapeutic horseback riding group in Hollidaysburg, PA for over 8 years as a volunteer, Volunteer Chairperson, Horse Leader, and Board Member.
PetArtStudios looks forward to creating artwork tailored to your recommendations.