20160429_133048 Rachel’s passion began with a love for animals.

Did I always draw as a kid? No, but I always loved animals and had every intention of becoming a veterinarian, until I took an art class in 10th grade. That’s where pencil and paper & pets became my passion, graduating 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. A dual career in commercial Marketing at DiAndrea Media sets the stage for a colorful and rewarding profession.

My fine artwork is a reflection of personal passion and color…. mirroring emotions our pets intrinsically express to us, providing a snapshot of the heartfelt loyalty we all sense from our pets.

It was with that understanding of animal relationships that drove me to establish myself as a premier national canine illustrator earning awards at several national fine art competitions including The Art Show at the Dog Show in Wichita, Kansas & LSU’s International Exhibition on Animals in Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   I built an artistic reputation by participating in local, regional, and national exhibits throughout Pennsylvania, DC, Virginia, New York and beyond. Memorable honors include DOG FANCIERS canine artwork competition at Sardi’s restaurant in NYC and submission to the “Canine Treasures” exhibit at the AKC Museum of the Dog in St Louis, MO.

As a dog lover and owner of Babette, a standard poodle, Bling Bling, a Chinese crested, and a Halflinger horse named “Annie” I know that creating a lasting portrait of a pet is a lifetime gift. Artwork is not only about the breed, it’s about the heart and soul of each pet found within every portrait that brings my clients back time and time again.

I’ve always enjoyed giving back to my community serving as past President for the Pennsylvania Artists Professional Association, Chairperson of “Day of the Arts” at Juniata Gap elementary school, volunteering with DREAMS GO ON a therapeutic horseback riding group for special needs adults, children and horses; Wise Women of Blair County Recipient Arts and Letters honor for outstanding professional achievement, integrity, leadership and dedication standing in the ARTS; AMBUCS of Altoona; Central PA Humane Society.


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