Rachel grew up in Birmingham and attended Bourneville School of Art, studying design and then a foundation course in fine art before going on to art school in Norwich. Having to choose between painting and sculpture for her degree, Rachel chose the former as the more challenging subject for her. Though this did not prevent her from producing sculpture as well. After graduating in 1980 she stayed on in Norfolk until moving to London.
Whilst there, another interest developed in the conservation of paintings and sculpture which led to further study and qualifications in the subject.
Rachel then spent a period in the conservation department of the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, until being invited to join leading specialists on a wall paintings restoration project. This proved so captivating that a month in the country soon became seven years. By 1995, however, it was time to return to the studio exclusively.
Her work is predominantly sculpture, cast in small editions in bronze, resin/bronze and other media, or ceramic one-offs, strongly inspired by animals - an earthly contrast to the rarefied atmosphere of church paintings.
Rachel exhibits regularly in England and Wales at selected galleries. Her work is held in collections here and overseas including European countries, the U.S.A., Canada and southern Africa.