Born in England on July 27, 1946, Rachel Clearfield
was a self-taught child prodigy. As a young girl, she composed poetry
and illustrated her poems with beautiful paintings. After completing
high school she decided on a career in art and was educated at the
Newcastle College of Art and also the Manchester College of Art.
Upon graduation in the late ‘60s, Ms. Clearfield
moved to Amsterdam and rural Holland where she was inspired by the
natural beauty of her surroundings. During this time she painted
brilliantly colored symbolic animals amidst exquisite natural settings.
Her work became well established and was subsequently published
in many European magazines. She was awarded a prestigious grant
from the Contra Prestatsie and her paintings were purchased by the
Dutch government as well as by collectors in London, Paris and Belgium.
In 1976, Rachel relocated to the United States living
in Hawaii, California and Florida before settling in Asheville,
North Carolina. During this time she sold many of her paintings
privately to collectors in California, Hawaii and New York. When
she later moved to Florida in the late ‘70s her work was shown
at Gallery Lanvin, Gallery Deborah Hellman, Gallery 1029, Gallery
Lorraine and Gallery Marguerite Gil. Ms. Clearfield even successfully
established her own private gallery by the ocean on Miami Beach.
She made numerous television appearances and appeared frequently
in the Miami Herald.
The artist calls her present mode of painting “classical
visionary” inspired by the legendary masters of the Renaissance.
Although the roots of her technique reflect the classics her messages
are contemporary. She is immersed in the vision of planetary healing
for all elements of nature and species of existence. Rachel has
given benefits for various animal rights and environmental organizations
including: Greenpeace, the Nature Conservancy, the Rainforest Alliance,
Clean Water for North Carolina and the North Carolina Southern Highlands
Conservancy, and for 10 years hosted a benefit in her home and on her land in Leicester, NC for a program called Food for People. This benefit has raised over $50,000 in those 10 years to help feed impoverished children in India, Nepal, and Ghana.
Since moving to Asheville in 1990, she has been shown
in the Blue Spiral Gallery, the Broadhurst Gallery, the Merrimon
Gallery and most recently in the Discovery Gallery in Washington,
DC. Rachel is an avid flower gardener and paints directly from the
beauty which surrounds her home in the mountains of Western North
Art critic Sylvia Penn was inspired to write of her
work, "With Rachel we undertake an unforgettable journey to
magical vistas of unspoiled beauty and dream-like quality. Here
is the promise of paradise, where wide-open spaces unfold in a spectacular
panorama of tranquil beauty. The diversity of details, the patterns,
the intricate rhythms, presented in a visionary style, add up to
haunting landscapes of inner experiences, not soon forgotten."