Inspired by her youth, and the work of post impressionists such as Van Gogh, Redon, Bonnard and others, Rachel Galbreath seeks to ‘scar’ her work into the mind in order to be interpreted by the participant during the process of viewing. She seeks to perfect the phenomenon of experience and visuality with brushstroke, line, and color.
Raised in the middle of 220 acres of forest on what used to be a farm in Ohio, as a child Rachel Galbreath was afflicted with many illnesses including skin disorders. After being ostracized by strangers who looked upon her visible ‘sores’ as contagion, by way of distraction, at the age of two, she was taught to paint. Her first paintings made with Prang watercolor sets, were on rocks which she gathered and later titled and gave to people. Thus creating her first participation in the world of fine art.
After transferring colleges from Kent State University to Pratt Institute, she worked in all area of fine arts and media. Her employ at this time varied from decal work for Tiffany’s and the White House, set design, art student portfolio evaluator, and as an assistant in a painting conservation studio.
In an ironic twist, while at the conservation studio she created her first large body of work. Unfortunately, upon completion she was told the main medium she had used in every piece would fade away within a few years leaving a pale impression of what once was. - Ultimately just as her many childhood illnesses would.
Gleaning information from her coworkers she embarked on a several year journey of self-search through her paintings thus becoming well versed in encaustics (using her own recipe), oils, pastels, acrylics, etc. finally in 2016 creating her new series of mixed media works called “Life’s Speak”.
She has been in several shows (regional, national, and international), chaired and curated exhibitions, worked at museums, and been on the board of directors for the largest artist run non-profit arts organization.