about

(French translation coming)

Hello! My name is pronounced Rachelle, I’m a Canadian artist, musician and writer. My pronouns are she/her. I love weird and magical things.

Art

See my art here

I undertook my first year in fine art studies at the Cégep de Matane in the Gaspésie area of Québec, Canada, where I grew up. At 17 years old I moved 3 000 miles away and studied a second year in fine arts at the Okanagan University College of Kelowna in British Columbia. After shortly living in Ottawa, Ontario, I moved back to Montreal, my birthplace and current residence. Here I met my mentor and friend Alejandro Boim, reputed Argentinean artist and professor, who took me under his wing and with whom I drew and painted for about 6 years. I also studied with his partner at the time — the late, and beautifully talented Mariana Semino. I am an actively-creating artist, my current work combining a classical figurative approach with surrealism, my medium of choice being oil paint on wood or canvas, or graphite on paper.

I currently have pieces framed and on display at Campbell Picture Framing, at 4916 Sherbrooke St West in Westmount (Montreal).

Notable Exhibitions

  • D’Après\After Picasson – group exhibition @ Espace Mushagalusa – 533 Ontario Est, Montréal – curated by Cedric Taillon
  • Galerie Z – group exhibition – 420 Édifice Belgo – 372 rue Ste-Catherine O, Montréal
  • Creature Mythologies @ Nostracasa, 4035, St Ambroise #217, Montréal – curated by Summer Geraghty
  • Vernissage / Launch party of Decover Magazine #14 @ soupçon cochon, 5427 St-Laurent, Montréal
  • Group exhibition @ L’Autre Galerie, 4 St. Paul Est, Montréal – for the manager jeans “Mx Jeans” advertising campaign.

Notable Commissions

  • Four portraits for Bruce Sinclair, a Métis theatre artist, teacher, student of the nēhiyawēwin (Cree) and Michif languages, and former Program Officer, Theatre, Canada Council
  • Two paintings commissioned by the Quebec Medical Association (AMQ) — for Ruth Vander-Stelt, former president of the AMQ, which was presented to her during the President’s Gala, and for Stanley Vollant, the first aboriginal surgeon in Quebec, which was presented to him during the President’s Gala along with the Prestige Award.
  • Painting commissioned by the Centre Culturel Afro Brésilien du Québec
  • Two paintings commissioned by Ruth Vander-Stelt, former president of the AMQ
  • Original art piece commissioned by Manager Jeans as part of an advertising campaign

Media Publications

  • Paintings featured in the Quebec television shows Ruptures, Unité 9, and L’Heure Bleue
  • 3-page feature in Décover Magazine #14
  • Artwork featured in Manager jeans promotional material

Gallery Rep

  • Currently unrepresented
  • Representation at Lab.Gallery from fall 2016 to spring 2018

Music

I grew up in a household full of melodies and instruments. My parents practiced with their band in the basement and I mimicked their tunes on my little organ. I started playing guitar around the age of seven and, following my big sister’s taste in heavy metal, I was playing Iron Maiden at nine. It was the eighties! As a young adult, I wrote and recorded two albums (the 2nd one co-written with my husband). Though my main instrument is the guitar, I will mess around with anything I lay my hands on. I fronted the group August Elliot, singing and playing lead guitar. Future projects are currently on hold but I am trying to tame the banjo. Some of my favourite bands are Pearl Jam & Alice in Chains, most of 90s California skater punk rock, Bon Iver, Phantogram, Novo Amor, Led Zep, Hendrix, Metallica pre Black Album, The Beatles, Beck, a Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Beastie Boys, Death Cab For Cutie, Faith No More, Elliott Smith… My tastes are eclectic.

Listen to my music on bandcamp or soundcloud .


Poetry

I’ve been writing poetry and song lyrics since I was about 14 yrs old. My mom said “write out your feelings”, so I did. That eventually came to include song lyrics and notebooks and notebooks of hip hop rhymes.

Visit www.blanketsandfrankincense.wordpress.com for some of that fun.


Books

I have four novels on the market. I like writing strange and twisted stories, beautiful stories, playful stories. I have two unpublished novels waiting to take the next step in their existence.

Learn of my books here. Find me talking about books on Bookstragram or Facebook

Some of my favourite books are The Name of The Wind (Patrick Rothfuss), Ninth House (Leigh Bardugo), The Beach (Alex Garland), The Seas (Samantha Hunt), The Wicker King (K.Ancrum), Sawkill Girls (Claire Legrand), The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater), The Road (Cormac McCarthy), The Lies of Locke Lamora (Scott Lynch), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), The Time Traveler’s Wife (Audrey Niffenegger), The Witches of New York (Ami McKay), Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman), The Martian (Andy Weir), The Boatman’s Daughter (Andy Davidson), A History of What Comes Next (Sylvain Neuvel), Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ray Bradbury), and The Hobbit (Tolkien) – one of my first loves.


I live in my birth city of Montreal with my husband, and two kids whom I homeschooled and are about to fly the nest. They are kind, open-minded dancers, artists, and musicians, and my favourite people on this earth.