Mixed Media

Rachael McCampbell

About the Artist
Artist Statement

Having grown up on a farm in East Tennessee, I have always been inspired by wildlife and the lessons nature teaches us. After years of urban living in New York, Florence, Italy, London and Los Angeles, I am back in the countryside of Franklin, Tennessee, where I can observe and explore firsthand the landscapes that inform my work.

Being a process-oriented artist, I let the painting inform me as opposed to the other way around. I have an idea of what I want to paint, but that rarely manifests as I envisioned. Those happy accidents and twists and turns become an integral aspect of my journey as a painter.

The peeling walls in Tuscany inspired me years ago to paint using layers of texture which I like to add and remove until the story I’m trying to tell gets told. Taking an emotive, action-based approach to the application of paint, I work as much with splashes and drips of color as with carefully rendered lines. It also interests me to combine both realism and abstraction in my work, which I believe creates exciting paths for the viewer to explore visually.

As an environmentalist, I am deeply concerned about the loss of our open lands in this country and throughout the world. I am currently painting about “encroachment” and exploring my concern about overdevelopment through my art.

Teaching art to others feeds me a great deal as does writing about it for Nashville Arts Magazine. My column, “And So It Goes,” gives me a chance to explore my thoughts regarding the process of making art and my personal insights into the art world.

I also lead groups to foreign lands for Inspirational Journeys called “Artistic Adventures Abroad.” My intention is to provide unique environments for guests to explore their creative talents and make new relationships to last a lifetime.

Organic gardening and cooking are passions I enjoy with my husband, along with entertaining friends on the back porch or in the creek behind my house. I have a fabulous son and two step-daughters, a dog and two cats. I love antiques, live in an old farmhouse and drive a 1949 F-1 truck named Lucille.

I am a GOLDEN Acrylics Artist Educator and a Dedicated Gamblin Oil Paint Instructor.

I am intrigued by motion and stillness alike and paint horses running and birds flying, as well as in repose. I paint figures too, usually from live models. Often the paintings I make, for example of the abstracted horses, are allegorical and tell a story. I like to let the viewers interpret each story for themselves.

Having grown up on a farm in Tennessee, I have always been inspired by wildlife and the lessons flora and fauna can teach us. After years of urban living in New York, Europe and Los Angeles, I am back in Tennessee where I can observe and explore firsthand the landscapes, animals and birds that inform my work.

I paint on canvas and panel in both acrylics and oils. I layer my work and build up a great deal of texture. My interest in drawing also plays into my paintings. As I like to show the “artist’s hand,” I often work backwards, drawing on top of a finished painting and exposing the line work that provided the painting’s original armature.

I take an emotive, action-based approach to the application of paint, working as much with splashes and drips of color as with carefully rendered line. I then go back in and scrape, scratch through or sand away several layers to reveal an original, even unanticipated thought or feeling beneath. I am interested in the way that realism and abstraction combined creates exciting visual movement across the surface of the canvas.