Rachel Brownlee was raised on a family ranch in western Nebraska. She was home educated with her six siblings. All their cattle work was done horseback and she and her siblings spent most of their life doing ranch work. There was no art education available and Rachel was essentially exposed to no other artwork than some books about equine composition until after college.
She attended college at the University of Nebraska at Omaha obtaining a degree in computer science. Rachel worked as a software engineer in Omaha for two years before returning to the Sandhills of Nebraska with her husband and daughter. The family ranch has 1200 cattle. From there comes her inspiration and motivation to document the living west. Rachel owns a software company focused on cattle management software she created while in college.
From a young age everyone commented on Rachel's early talent in drawing. It was a prominently God given gift and she pursued it. In 2019 God told Rachel to pursue artwork as an occupation and she obeyed. Her first professional show was September 2020 and her first national show was November 2021.
Many of Rachel's pieces are wrought through prayer alone and she acknowledges that most of them are beyond her physical abilities to produce. Her rocket ship career, going from doing nothing professionally to winning the best of show award at the Mountain Oyster Club Art Sale in one year, is evidence of God's hand over her work.
Rachel loves gardening, drawing, and running. She ran the Omaha Marathon in 2020 and the Sandhills Half Marathon in 2021.