Over 35 years of professional painting experience gives Rachel Pettit the confidence to approach each new canvas with excitement. Plein air painting (painting outdoors, from life) remains a favorite method. The most appealing and fleeting scenes need speed and a well-trained eye and hand to capture. These paintings are often filled with expressive brushwork and spontaneity. Continuing to be challenged in this way restores the memories of natural light, values, and colors that are so important to bring a sense of place to all her work.
Rachel moved with her family to Scottsdale, Arizona and spent her childhood in the southwest, traveling, camping and exploring. This instilled a great love of the outdoors which later was continued as a love of landscape painting. Her training has been through workshops with masters including George Carlson, Scott Christensen, William Reese, and Kathryn Stats. With the encouragement of these great artists, her paintings have taken on an impressionistic style, one which captures the essence or spirit of the subject and conveys it to the viewer. Her paintings have been juried into many of the nation’s top exhibitions including Arts for the Parks Top 100, Oil Painters of America National, American Impressionist Society, and are included in collections throughout the United States.