Within her work, Rachael uses scrap fabric, which she cuts, layers and paints with gouache to create textural and narrative pieces. Embroidery and paper is added. The result is a collage-like piece that creates a visual metaphor, connecting current events and human experiences. She also works to explore her own family history, the secrets, taboos and stigmas faced by the women in her family. The use of textiles is intrinsic to Rachael's work. It allows her to connect with the viewer, as it appeals to their sense of nostalgia; it connects them to something that is in all our histories -- the handiwork, embroidery, quilts, and other objects our grandmothers and great grandmothers made that were, in essence, art.
Rachael has a background in Social Services but maintained her love and passion for art. She had exhibited her work for the first time in 2010 and has since participated in multiple exhibitions and received multiple awards and grants including best mixed media at Riverdale Art Walk, top 5 installations for DesignTO and has received grants through the Ontario Arts Council and Toronto Arts Council. She took 5 years off from exhibiting to have two beautiful daughters.