Rachel L. Norton is a self-taught artist who currently resides in Richmond, Virginia (but claims Texas as home). She wears many hats, working as a full-time trauma nurse, dog mom, Army Veteran and now artist.
After spending 7 years on active duty in the Army as a nurse, Rachel left the service to continue as a civilian trauma and ICU nurse. Burnt out and exhausted after the pandemic, Rachel considered quitting nursing altogether, but a new work opportunity opened many doors for her and gave her the time to return to her creative self. Always a self-described DIYer and crafter, Rachel turned to painting, which has helped her find peace and cope with some of the hard realities of her day job.
Inspired by the historic beauty of Virginia, Rachel pairs her love of history with art that she creates. She finds inspiration in the locations she has visited and lived in all over the world, including Germany, Korea and even the mountains of Afghanistan where she was deployed. Rachel surrounds her new works with vintage and antique frames, resulting in a unique of the old and the new. For Rachel, half of the joy in her art comes from finding a frame with its own history and story to tell.
When not at her day job or deep in a new painting, Rachel spends her time fixing up her new house little by little and doing anything to make Ruby, her rescue pup and co-pilot through life, happy.