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Rachael and the Terrific, Wonderful, Unbelievable, Very Good Sale


Since I started my Real Job, my paint brushes have grown cold and lonely and my marketing has grown uninspired and desperate. It happens now and then…Sometimes when you’re selling art you forget why you do it in the first place – because you like making The Art. Because you need...

Christmas in September


As a rule, I don’t like to skip over holidays, especially my favorite – Halloween – and I’m fighting my natural tendency to procrastinate by saying this, but…it’s time to start thinking about ordering your Christmas art.

I know, I know.

But here’s the deal – I have a 9-5 now like a regular...

Muchas Fridas, and a Sale


I’ve been on a bit of a Frida Kahlo kick lately (Still? Again?) and have had the luxury of being able to paint some stuff just for myself. I’ve only got a few commissions on the books, which I  plan to work on this weekend. And I’m feeling really prolific, so I’m offering a Buy One, Get One Free...

Tax Woes / The Joys of Being Self-Employed


Two years ago I quit my “day job” to be a full-time creative. I homeschooled. I set my own schedule. I gladly drove carpool, had dinner ready every night, kept the house *cough* orderly, ran errands and embraced the roles of haus frau and independent artist.

It’s not working out.

Here’s where...



With clients on all continents except Antarctica (penguins are apparently not big fans of my work) I rarely, RARELY meet my clients. Not knowing what someone “really” looks like can be a blessing and a curse. Ninety-nine percent of the time, I only have a 2-dimensional photograph for reference. So on the few occasions where someone says, “that eyebrow...

Public Hanging


I was recently asked to join a group show in Lake Oswego, Oregon featuring pet portrait artists. I said, “Sure!” I don’t do a lot of shows because I never have “inventory” in the way some artists do. Ninety-nine percent of my work is commissioned, custom work which I don’t reproduce as prints so once it’s sold, it’s sold.


Totem Pole


This painting was inspired by my love of totem poles and also a photo I took the other day.

The final product has received a lot of love on instagram so I might have another animal series on my hands. I’m really digging it so if YOU want a custom totem pole featuring...

I’m Painting Spirit Animals Over Here!


Spirit animal. Power animal. Totem. By any name, it is a physical representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or nurture in your life’s journey.

My power animal (PA for short) is Tiger and I know this because I have a friend who is a shaman. (Yeah, I...

The One You Feed


An old man is teaching his grandson about life.

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority,...



Art orders are painfully slow right now. Like molasses. In fact, I have no new orders on the books – at all. So I’m using the down time to work on some personal art projects and try to figure out a way to keep a little income coming in when things...

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