Rachel Tebbetts has been making art since her childhood in Little Rock, Arkansas. She completed a BFA with honors from the University of Arkansas, in Fayetteville, with an emphasis in painting. After completing her degree, she moved to Terra Studios where she worked in gallery sales and production, began making pottery, and started selling her work.
At the Bentonville Farmers’ market, she ran a booth from 2008 to 2010, and in 2011 she opened a studio and started a business in Fayetteville called Ease Arts Supplies. Rachel and her former partner created a unique line of wholesale pottery, gave art lessons, and created a distinctive place to facilitate others’ art making experience for more than 4 years.
Rachel loves exploring different types of art, but she always returns to the figure and color as her main subjects and sources for inspiration. She has had many artistic influences over the years.
Her current work features drawings of nude figures with bold lines and a focus on form, color, and shape. Rachel aims to convey a boldness and zest for life in her art pieces. She tends to zoom in and enlarge the body in her drawings to create an energy and movement that’s larger than the figure itself. She wants her viewer to feel excited and engaged by the human form and to feel their own connection to self through her expressive use of line and color.
In addition to her work in drawing painting, and ceramics, Rachel is the Commercial Graphic Artist for the Arkansas Archeological Survey.