I’m Rachel, an artist, illustrator & designer-maker based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t drawing, painting or making something. When I was 3, I used to take my little paint-box and paint flowers, suns, moons, clouds and colours all over the lamp post beside our house. When it rained (it rains a lot in Ireland) I’d have a fresh new canvas ready to paint the next day.
I adore colour and I work in mixed media, especially watercolours, coloured pencils, ink & dip pens, gouache & acrylic paints, and digitally in Procreate & Photoshop.
I graduated with Honours in Fine Art (Printmaking) in the 90’s, working mostly in freelance art & design alongside media / radio work.
In 2010, I started my own business ‘arbee* stationery & design’ which is still going strong ever since my first craft fair in June 2010, with customers from all over the world, stockists in the UK & Ireland and a permanent market stall at the award-winning St George’s Market in Belfast. I design & make greeting cards, artisan stationery, art prints, gift wrap, calendars, mugs, journals, homewares and paper based gifts.