Rachel Warner is the fifth generation of her family to grow up in the ski town of Whitefish, Montana. As a teen she was moved to Havre, Montana which is a blue collar town with a colorful history located between the Chippewa-Cree and Assiniboine Indian reservations. This experience has had a profound impact on Rachel’s interest in Native American customs and spiritual philosophies.
It was during her time enrolled at the Flathead Valley Community College that Rachel had the opportunity to study Renaissance Art History in the northern cities of Italy under the instruction of professor John G. Rawlings. Because of this life expanding education, the artist continues to stay connected with European art, culture and Italian oil painting history.
In 2000, Rachel completed her B.F.A. at Montana State University in Billings and began her coast to coast career in fine art shortly after graduation.
Rachel is inspired by many of the great oil colorists throughout American and European art history but her greatest artistic influence is the California- Montana painter, Russell Chatham. With over twenty years of study and refinement, Rachel considers herself amongst some of the most serious American Tonalist artists working today and a lifetime apprentice of Russell Chatham.
Rachel was recently honored as one of the important painters of Glacier Park in the show and documentary, ‘A Timeless Legacy, Women Artists of Glacier National Park’. The documentary led to speaking at the National Plein Air Convention and Expo in Tucson, Arizona in 2015. Rachel has over two decades of auction records and shows her masterworks in some of the finest collections in the world, namely; Craig Barrett, Retired Ceo of Intel, Alice Walton of Walmart, Hollis Shaw of Google, Allan Roth of Sun Opta, David Berman, retired President of Capital Records, and many others. Rachel is currently exhibiting in a small, select group of galleries while working on private commissions in her Montana studio
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