Rachel Brownlee is a self-taught artist specializing in photorealistic charcoal drawings. She grew up on a cattle ranch in the sandhills of Nebraska. She believes that traditional western life and the people and animals involved should be portrayed as they lived which can be rough, dirty, and even painfully.
Rachel began selling her work early in her life, with her first piece sold for a dollar when she was nine years old. Since then she has created many commission pieces every year and began participating in shows and events in 2020. She has won Best of Show at the 2021 Carnegie Arts Center Anniversary Show, 2021 Box Butte Art Society Show, 2021 Nebraskaland Juried Art Show, and received several other awards at those shows. She was selected to participate in the 2021 Nebraska Biennial Art Show in Omaha Nebraska.
Rachel lives on a large family cattle ranch in Ashby, Nebraska with her husband and daughter. She lives the life she draws and often uses neighbors as models for her work. Her studies come from her own cattle, horses, and daily life on the ranch. Representing this diminishing lifestyle respectfully is important to Rachel.