The Path Behind and Beyond, 2021
Cold wax medium, oil on cradled wood panel
Cold Wax Medium / October 17 – 22, 2021
Rachael McCampbell, grew up on a farm in East Tennessee and graduated from University of
Georgia, Magna Cum Laude. After earning her BFA, she worked in the art Eield in New York City, L
ondon, Florence, Italy, Los Angeles and currently resides in Nashville, TN where the nature around h
er inspires her work. McCampbell is a GOLDEN Acrylic CertiEied Educator and a Gamblin Dedicated
Artist Instructor. She has been teaching art for over 15 years in both acrylic and oil and takes groups
to Europe and different locales in the US to paint and explore their creativity.
McCampbell is a well-rounded artist as she has worked in many different Eields of art. She has been
a fabric designer in Italy, an Art Gallery director in Los Angeles, a landscape designer and a commer
cial artist doing advertising illustrations for companies like Coca-Cola’s Honest Tea, Contadina, FTD
Florist, Mattel, Gelson’s and many book covers with New York publishers such as Penguin,
HarperCollins, Random House, Ballantine, Simon & Schuster and more.
She segued into Eine art doing her personal work with her Eirst exhibit in Los Angeles in 1999. Curr
ently, she works primarily as a Eine artist and teacher. She does private commissions for clients all
over the country and works on large scale public art installations primarily for hospitals and health
Her source of inspiration is drawn primarily from the landscape where she takes both the macro and
micro view of the lands around her and draws from nature’s shapes, colors, lines and textures to find
patterns or scenes that speak to her. The play of light on a landscape interests McCampbell especially as it
can evoke a certain mood that touches her heart. Waiting for the dramatic moments of early morning or
dusk, she seeks those times that provide her with the most interesting palette to work with.
Painting in Acrylic, Oil and Cold Wax medium are McCampbell’s mediums of choice. She often paints
first in acrylic with brushes on wood panels using a great deal of texture and finishing the work in oils. Or,
she paints with Cold Wax Medium using palette knives and squeegees to get the rich texture she wants to
express the story she is trying to tell.
Writing about art and the art world is an interest of hers as well and McCampbell has been featured
columnist and writer for various publications and magazines such as Thrive Global, Nashville Arts
Magazine and Number, Inc.
She believes in experimentation with art and Einding joy through “playing with art.” The act of
making art—the process of it in her opinion, is one of the best teachers. “When I teach, I like to meet
each artist right where they are in their path as a painter. We each possess an innate style that is as
unique as our handwriting. It’s my job to help uncover each artist’s voice.” She offers free instru
ction and encouragement through her YouTube Channel:
“McCampbell Art Studio” where she often invites friends to her to studio to paint
(“Painting with Friends” series) or, alone with her in the series, “The Imperfect Painter.”
Her in-depth knowledge of art materials, design elements and art principles gives each student a
strong background in foundational art school instruction. McCampbell believes that, “If you know th
e tools out there to use, and the basics of design theory, then you will ach ieve your vision. I try to
make sure each student understands how to get where they want to go with their art.”