Regional Artists - Rachel Sunnell

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

Rachel Sunnell


Rachel’s love of art, and nature led her to paint and to landscape architecture. Her design background can often be seen in her work through distant views, layering and sense of color. As an acrylic painter, Rachel uses loose brush strokes and color that evoke the idea of subjective realism. This refers to the reality inside the viewer’s mind that may trigger a memory or a feeling. She is particularly interested in capturing the beauty of light and movement. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.

Artist Statement

The Act of painting is very personal and often takes great courage to expose our self to the world. I strive to capture something that may evoke a memory or deep feeling. It may be calmness or emotional energy.


Rhode Island School of Design BFA and Bachelor of LARCH 1983
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Certificate of Ecological Horticulture

Recent Awards

2021 First Place Award, “Marigold”, Waterway Art Association 30th Spring Exhibition, Sunset River Gallery, Calabash NC
2020 Merit Award and Honorable Mention Award, AAS Spring Art Show, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport NC
2019 Best of Show, “Cloud Poem”, Waterway Art Association, Calabash NC
2019 First Place Award, “Beach Season”, AAS Spring Art Show, Franklin Square Gallery, Southport NC
2018 First Place Award, “Sea Oats”, Waterway Art Association Annual Show, Calabash NC


2019 Collectors Event, Donation, Franklin G Burroughs-Simeon B Chapin Myrtle Beach Art Museum, SC 2019
Solo Exhibition, Sunset River Gallery, Calabash, NC 2018
Black and White Exhibition, William H. Miller Gallery, Myrtle Beach, SC 2018
Farm to Table Show, Sunset River Gallery, Calabash, NC 2018
Float Your Boat Show, Sunset River Gallery, Calabash, NC 2018
Summer Regional Juried Art Show, Associated Artists of Southport, Franklin Gallery, Southport, NC 2018
Twenty Seventh Annual Art Show, Waterway Art Association, Calabash, NC 2018
Brunswick Arts Fall Show, Franklin Gallery, Southport, NC 2017


Brunswick Beacon “Tides” August 2018, 2019, 2020
Art Guide September 2018