RachelRachel originally trained and worked as a landscape architect. This influenced her career path as a freelance illustrator and artist.

There was a natural progression from landscape design to botanical illustration and Rachel had many successful exhibitions in the UK and in Europe. She was commissioned by Curtis’s Botanical Magazine and her work is held in the collection of the Royal botanic Gardens Kew.

This intensely detailed and time consuming artform did not fit easily with having two young daughters. Taking her children to playgroup presented Rachel an opportunity to devise art and craft activities with other mums and toddlers.
From this humble beginning Rachel developed her teaching skills and eventually became qualified as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. She was eventually appointed art teacher at a Hampshire Junior school and worked with children on numerous projects and activities.

During this period Rachel developed a new approach to her art often inspired by the young people she taught. She began to experiment with different materials and subjects. She continued to successfully exhibit botanical art and other paintings.

Her next teaching post was a happy accident. She was invited by a local secondary school to work as adult tutor teaching drawing and painting. This is a role she has thoroughly enjoyed ever since.

Her latest career step is the creation of her company ToyPinx which provides unique, individually commissioned illustrations of toys which have held a special place in the lives of ourselves or our children. Her years of experience raising a family and working in schools have given her some insight into the minds of small children and big children too! Her artistic expertise enables Rachel to lovingly recreate images of precious toys that might otherwise remain hidden in cardboard boxes.
Click on ToyPinx, you’ll be surprised at what you see.

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