About the Artist
Rachael Wells was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is passionate about healthy, sustainable foods and communities. Many of Rachael's paintings are created in community crafting settings surrounded by happiness. She is currently employed as an Organic Certification Specialist, though she sometimes wishes she would have obtained a degree in business to assist with her new passion for providing art to others.
Much of Rachael's earlier art work, mostly still life and scientific illustrations, were influenced by the natural world. In her early adolescent's, drawing and painting were completely replaced with reading and studying. It was not until her trip to Australia, when she was twenty-one, that her artistic side was rekindled. After living for more than a year in the land of dreams and rainbows, a more magical, colorful side of the world was incorporated into her paintings. The time abroad also renewed her passion for her native home of Nebraska. She finds that many people living in the Midwest feel ashamed of their home and grow bored in the mountain-less, beach-less, plains. Boredom is a state of mind. Rachael hopes that through her paintings people can see the beauty in the prairie and be happy with what they are given in life.
With the prairie becoming one of the world's extinct ecosystems, it is a rare sight for Nebraskans to see some of its great native animals. Despite its harsh winds, cold winters, and humid summers, the prairies once sustained a great amount of flora and fauna. This rain barrel represents the Nebraska prairie. Lush grasses and wispy wind at first glance, and a huge reservoir of water hidden beneath.