Rachel Davis


Rachel’s work is a departure from the realistic world and into the inner world of emotion and magic. Her art follows stylistically the tradition of early European modernism with the marked influence of Caribbean color and design.

Rachel was born in Snow Hill in eastern North Carolina and earned an undergraduate degree in art from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She married, had two sons and a daughter and lived in the Dominican Republic for 10 years before returning home to the university. At East Carolina University she later earned a graduate degree in art and taught at Fort Bragg for 21 years before taking early retirement to paint full time in 1994.

Rachel has worked professionally in both theater stage design and as a muralist doing a total of 12 sets for Bordeaux Dinner Theater, Charlotte Blume Dance Theater, Circa Theater, and Gilbert Theater, and producing murals in Fayetteville, Miami, and the Dominican Republic.

She has had over 40 shows in North Carolina including Fayetteville, Willmington, Raleigh, Pinehurst and some work exhibited in Florida galleries. At present she is an ongoing contributing artist and member of Cape Fear Studios.

She was awarded an Emerging Artist grant in the 1995-1996 art season to produce a series of screens in view of her prestige as both a scenic designer and muralist.