Rachel Simpson's Art Portfolio
Artist & Educator
Art mediums: Drawing, Mixed-media, Painting, Recycle/Reuse, Ceramics, Sculpture and Textiles.
Rachel Simpson has been making art throughout her whole life. Both her parents were artists in music and visual art, while she’s also been influenced by the Pacific Northwest, & many books. In 2007, she went back to college to study the arts, and graduated from Western Washington University with Bachelors in Fine Arts and Arts Education degree in 2013. Currently, she’s an artist, on the Board of Directors & a Teaching Artist with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, an Art Educator at many locations: Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, Baker Creek Ceramics, Tri-Dee Arts in Mount Vernon, WA & at Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, WA.
“My creative process involves some art experimentation with trial and error, to experience all of the process, with expression, studying the subject, and imagination through my interpretation of the story behind the topic. I’ve inspiration with the environment, all of the children that I teach art to, stories shared, and my family. Having a strong passion is what drives my ambition to move forward into another chapter of my art. ” ~ R.S.
Rachel has a plethora of experience in many forms of fine arts; from art history, drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, screen-printing, photography, upcycling/recycling/reduse/reuse art, dyes, fibers/fabrics, textiles, sewing, costumes, masks, art installation, collaboration, and mixed-media. In 2007, she enrolled at Whatcom Community College, then went onto the Woodring College of Education for Fine Arts in Education K-12 at Western Washington University. In the fall of 2013, she was given the opportunity to be a fine arts student teacher in England at an international school called Box Hill. There, she was able to meet and work with a fine group of teachers, staff, and wonderful students from all over the globe. Rachel graduated from WWU in December of 2013 with a certification in arts education. Since then, she has continued her love of the arts and education in many ways: art exhibits throughout Washington state, art workshops throughout Whatcom county, a teaching artist and a Board of Director at Allied Arts of Whatcom County, teaching Community Art Ed classes at Whatcom Community College, art workshops at various galleries and museums, and teaching kids art classes in after school art enrichment programs and summer art camps.