In her latest collection of landscape paintings, Franklin-based artist Rachael McCampbell captures the essence and importance of Tennessee’s open space.
“Illuminating Landscapes” (opening April 14) is inspired by the work of The Land Trust for Tennessee, a land conservation organization working across the state to conserve farms, forests, parks, historic landscapes, scenic views, and open space for the benefit of Tennesseans and those who visit. A percentage of sales from the show will support the work of The Land Trust for Tennessee, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Originally from East Tennessee, McCampbell has always been inspired by wildlife and the lessons nature teaches us. After years of urban living in New York, London, Los Angeles, and Florence, Italy, she returned to the countryside of Franklin, Tennessee, to observe and explore firsthand the landscapes that inform her work. Tuscany’s peeling walls inspired Rachael’s use of layering texture, which are added and removed until the story unfolds. Her action-based application of paint, splashes of color, and carefully rendered lines combine realism and abstraction to create an exciting visual path for the viewer.
As an environmentalist, she is deeply concerned about the loss of our open lands in this country and throughout the world. Her work often explores a balance of open spaces with the concept of thoughtful development.
“Illuminating Landscapes: New Paintings by Rachael McCampbell” is on view at Westhaven Realty (Franklin, TN), April 14–28, 2019.