Rachael Grimm grew up in the northwest of England and moved to the U.S. in 1996. She trained at the Art Students League in NYC from 1996-2000, specializing in figure painting in oil.
Rachael is an award-winning watercolorist. In 2015 one of her landscapes was chosen for the annual Allied Artists of America show at the Salmagundi Club in New York, where she won the Kent Day Coes Memorial Award for Watercolor. In 2014, she won the Founder’s Award at the Larchmont Arts Festival, and in 2013 she was chosen as the featured artist at the Larchmont festival.
In addition to watercolor, Rachael loves to use charcoal. Sketching from life has always been a very important part of her practice. She attends life-drawing sessions at the Spring Street Studio in New York and sketches and paints outdoors regularly.
In her watercolors and sketches, Rachael is often most inspired to depict simple, everyday things. She feels that the most commonplace things in life are often the most beautiful and timeless.
Rachael has spent the last year (2016-17) in Cambridge U.K. Seeing how the light transforms the buildings in the city, watching the early morning mists in the fields in the winter and trying to capture this in watercolor and charcoal has been very challenging but enormously fun. She’s also had the opportunity to paint on location in France and Italy and attend life-drawing sessions at King’s College.
Her paintings are in numerous private collections both in the U.S. and the U.K. and one of her portraits is permanently installed in the main library at Fordham University.
Click here to see an interview with Rachael about her work.
Selection of Awards and Exhibitions
2015 – Allied Artists of America Annual Exhibition. Kent Day Coes Memorial Award for Watercolor for painting ‘Late Afternoon at the Beach’
NRAA 100th Annual Juried Show, New Rochelle NY 2nd place award for charcoal, ‘Theo Sleeping’
Judges pick in DPW monthly contest for charcoals ‘Theo Sleeping’ and ‘Lazy Afternoon’
2014 – Founder’s Award, Larchmont Arts festival
2013 – Featured Artist, Larchmont Arts Festival