I did a series of paintings years ago based on the poetry of Los Angeles “Noir Poet,” Suzanne Lummis. I have always been inspired by the visual imagery that arises from reading good poetry. In this case, Suzanne saw a painting I did based on one of her poems and then wrote a poem based on that painting. It turned in to art influencing art influencing art! This poem, “Woman and Apple,” is now part of an anthology of poems influenced by many of the arts (painting, film, literature, photography and more). It’s called, Ekphrastia Gone Wild: Poems Inspired by Art. This includes the work of 87 poets from all over the world and is edited by Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert.
The amazingly talented singer/songwriter, Leslie Satcher, performed at McCampbell’s clients’ beautiful home on the slopes of Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah July 14, 2013. The evening’s focus was to celebrate the commissioned painting Rachael created for her clients called, “We Rise to Play a Greater Part 2.” It’s a triptych that measures 14′ long and 4′ high. The two central horses depicted are the clients’ Kentucky thoroughbreds running across a Scottsdale, Arizona sky.
About thirty lucky guests enjoyed good wine, catered food and two hours of Leslie’s moving and always entertaining songs and stories. Her poignant lyrics and haunting vocals brought several people to tears as they shared afterwards how much her music had touched them. It was truly a magical night. “Thank you, dear Leslie Satcher, and husband David Allen, for performing in conjunction with my art. I was truly honored!”
commissions. The clients were thrilled to have their personal horses and views of their farm featured. The large scale of the art required three people an extremely tall ladder! (Each painting is 4.5′ x 5′.)
Due to a scheduled event, these two paintings had to go from conception, sketches, full size mock-ups, to final work in about a month’s time. Whew!
My fine art note cards are now available. I have two sets of note cards for sale now in Nashville and Knoxville. One set has images of my “Birdscape” paintings and the other set has “Bird Portraits.” There are 12 cards (5″ x 7″) in each set and they are blank on the inside. These are all Tennessee birds by a Tennessee artist!
They are really high quality cards printed locally in Nashville. The envelopes are 100% recycled material. Additionally, I have original work, large Giclee Prints and the note cards at Cheekwood Museum Gift Shop.
There are catalogues of my exhibit, “Women in Mythology: The Power of the Feminine in Ancient Tales,” that was shown at The Parthenon Museum, Nashville, TN, July – November 2010. The text was written by Nashville Educator (MBA), Anne Christeson, and the art was my solo show of large-scaled paintings of Greek Goddesses. This show was generously unwritten by SunTrust Bank and an anonymous donor. Please visit the Parthenon Museum Gift Shop to purchase these catalogues.
Rachael McCampbell was the featured artist for the 2012 Steeplechase. This interview was at Rachael’s studio in Leiper’s Fork, TN for Channel 4 news, Better Segment, (WSMV Nashville) April 30, 2012 with Kacy Hagerty.
Please join us at Belle Meade Plantation for an art reception of my new equine paintings. The Iroquois Steeplechase painting for 2012 will be there with collectable posters for sale that benefit the Steeplechase organization. I will be happy to personalize and sign the posters as per your requests. (Note: the Steeplechase painting will be auctioned May 11th and the Jockey Club Party the night before Steeplechase, but if you are interested in purchasing it, and cannot attend the Jockey Club event, you can leave a silent bid with the Steeplechase director, Libby Cheek: 615–591-2991. A portion of this sale benefits Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
“We are delighted to work with such a talented local artist who shares our passion for equestrian art, and look forward to sharing her work with the community,” said Dwight Hall, chairman of the Iroquois Steeplechase Race Committee.
Capturing the awe-inspiring beauty and movement of the horse is a difficult feat, but one that McCampbell does seamlessly. Drawing inspiration from her rural upbringing on a Knoxville, Tennessee farm, she creates by observing subjects in their natural habitat and focuses on highlighting both the motion and stillness of the wildlife she paints. McCampbell says, “For me, the horses I have painted symbolize the wildness in ourselves that we have perhaps lost and are trying to recapture.”
She is known for her tactile approach to painting that involves sanding layers of paint off, then repainting them until the story she envisions gets told. “I take an emotive, action-based approach to the application of paint, working as much with splashes and drips of color as with carefully rendered line,” said McCampbell. “My interest in drawing also plays into my paintings. As I like to show the ‘artist’s hand,’ I often work backwards, drawing on top of a finished painting and exposing the line work that provided the painting’s original armature.”