It’s almost time for Portland Open Studios.  Mark your calendars for October 12th and 13th as well as the 19th and 20th.  I’m excited to be on the tour again with 96 Portland artists and am offering one free guide/tickets to the first five people to leave a comment on this post.  Each guide is a map that acts as a ticket for two adults.  I’ll contact you privately for your mailing address and send you the guide.

In previous years, I’ve moved up much of my finished work to my living room, but this year I’ll be hosting in my actual work space in the basement.  Hope to see you on the tour!



Hello friends,

I was just thinking I haven’t blogged in a long time and when I checked it was true!  After the busyness of summer art festivals, I stepped back from painting a bit in August.  Addie (my now 5 year old) and I made this summer checklist in June.  We love summer and wanted to make sure we got in all our favorite things, but also balance it with finding the laziness of summer.  We did it!

Addie started full day pre-k this fall which has been a big adjustment to all of us.  It was with such nervousness that she started, and now, a couple weeks in, she loves it.  It has been really nice for me to start getting a consistent schedule to work instead of a couple hours here and there and working late into the night.  My first couple of weeks found me organizing the studio, hanging and picking up shows in Seattle, working on a brand new website, and starting a new collection of greeted notecards. This year my goal is to try leading a little bit more balanced life between work, family, and health.  It’s hard.  Most days it is not balanced, but I’m trying to be okay with that too.

Thank you much for all your support – hope to be posting more regularly and will have some new things to show soon!




Rebecca Shelley, a fabulous local artist, has started a kickstarter campaign to help move her vintage artist studio trailer from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine this summer.  Pledge backers receive thoughtful gifts like postcards from the road to custom paintings.  Check out her campaign page to see before and after pictures of her studio trailer and to read more about helping out Rebecca.  Also, her blog is inspiring to read for those of us who just dream about having a little trailer to restore.

Happy travels, Rebecca.

Beacon Hill 5 x 5

I’ll have a little booth at the Rieke Art Fair, this is a fundraiser for Rieke Elementary School on My 5th from 10-4.  Hope to see you there!

My friend Jamee Linton is having a moving sale as she heads to Seattle.  Come visit her studio this weekend, Feb. 16th and 17th for some great deals on beautiful art.  Jamee and I met years ago when we both work at our local art supply store, Art Media and I love having her peaceful work on my walls.  Visit her website for more info.


August Gale




Hello, hello!

My name is Rachel and I like to paint.

It feels like I’ve been away from the blog for some time.  I’ve been taking some time off to reconnect with friends and family after a busy holiday season – plus time for some nasty colds.  Boo to that part.  Now I’m getting back into painting.  Lots of commissions keep coming in for my map series and are keeping me busy again.  Very fun.  I’m also hoping to start painting my Cartography series and started a large painting mapping out Portland neighborhoods.

Best to you,


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