Brought up in the west by a military father and an artist mother Rachel spent much of her time in the art studio, as well she spent significant time accompanying her father hunting on horseback in the Wasatch mountains. Some of her earliest, most vivid memories are of experiences with these horses in her native Utah: from feeding them her sandwiches as a toddler, to later riding bareback in the turf farm.
Mid-way through high school, Rachel discovered her love for art making. With hard work and determination, in 1992 she was awarded a full tuition scholarship to College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. There she excelled, enjoyed and learned most media, from painting, foundry, welding to glass blowing and print making.
In 1996 White was awarded a full tuition Graduate fellowship to Alfred University. Where she focused on sculpture, installation, digital media and print making. After this she went on to practice her art professionally, attending residencies and working for artists.
A significant change happened in 2000 while a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Curious to know what the life of a “9-5er” would be, White sought out and obtained corporate employment. She landed in a creative studio in the luxury cosmetics advertising industry in New York City. She climbed the ladder from Production Assistant to Worldwide Director of (photographic) Retouching, responsible for the perfecting of the photographic image in order to render it more appealing to the luxury cosmetics clientele, using her expertise in imagery and the human figure to perfect and beautify. She then moved into management as the Director of Creative Operations Worldwide in brands such as Lancome, YSL Cosmetics, Ralph Lauren Fragrances and Tom Ford Beauty.
Finally in 2016 after 16 years Rachel White left the luxury beauty advertising industry and is now able to dedicate herself 100% professionally to her own artwork. Rachel lives and maintains her practice in her studio in Katonah, New York with her husband and two children.
Exquisite Restraint II