Rachel Brooks is a Bay Area painter and muralist. She is an honors graduate of The Art Institute of San Francisco where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2010. For the first 10 years of her career, Rachel held various roles in the fashion industry, working as an illustrator, designer, and creative director. Her work as a creative director has been showcased throughout both regional and national editorial publications.
Rachel’s full transition back into the world of art happened after her move from San Francisco to Sonoma County where she was inspired to move closer to her fine art roots. These days she works in both traditional and digital media, but most often acrylic painting on canvas and wood paneling. Rachel’s murals have been commissioned by residential, commercial, and public properties throughout the Bay Area. Her painting style clearly reflects her background in textile design and illustration using unique combinations of color and textures to build layers of interest in her two-dimensional pieces. Her public art has included large scale installations, site-specific installations, and mural commissions by the Lava Mae organization in San Francisco, The Sisters Cities Artist Exchange in Yektaktenberg, Russia, and most recently The City of Petaluma Public Library.
Rachel’s work often explores many cultural and social issues, especially as they pertain to women. From 2012 to 2015, she sat on the graduation panel of her alma mater mentoring students throughout their portfolio presentations and their transitions into the industry. She spends her spare time volunteering at the Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco as well as local middle schools inspiring students to pursue careers within the arts.