Rachel West

A slice of Rachel’s Dragonfly, a work in progress

Rachel West is my favorite artist.

You probably haven’t heard of her as she has been hidden away in Winnipeg’s creative hinterland.

Although Rachel captures all kinds of subjects with her brush, I find her paintings of animals  “Rock Star Special”.

The very special first portrait is of Winston and Oliver, her beloved pets now passed on.

With my advanced, not, photography skills I do my best to capture this original work of art.

The shot of the wolf below is from a Limited Edition Print.

I was so excited when I got my prints that I sent one to Jon Voight.

The Duck below is also from a Limited Edition Print.

However, as you can see from images below the Duck, Rachel paints many other things.

Rachel, who works on a commission basis:IMG_2306123

Captures humans in their natural habitat.

Her style travels from a realistic eye to a fanciful perception.

Some of her earlier works were of fairies and their world.

IMG_23161I don’t have a fairy painting to show you right now, but the pretty and dreamy way she has rendered this painting of our father’s home speaks to that quality.

And just how hot is this Haida inspired painting of a Raven?

When you turn it upside down, there is a Wolf in the tail!


I’m far, far away from Queen’s end.

I go to bed, in my temporary Winnipeg bed. I’m homesick, and it’s hard to sleep.

I try counting sheep jumping over a fence. The sheep turn into all the photos I’ve taken of Rachel’s work, more than I can fit into this Post.


OMG! Would I ever love a Rachel  West painting of Queen’s end, a  night shot with all the lights!

Rachel’s rendition of the Silver Surfer on her imagined background

How sexy would that look?




  1. This artist ROCKS…thanks for posting this blog and shining some light on this unknown talent. Although they are all awesome, I find the Silver Surfer particularly SEXY.


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  2. Sweet! Rachel is very talented!


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  3. Norman Orensteinsaid:

    September 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    very good, Rachel is a talented artist!


    Norman Orenstein Norman Orenstein Music Inc. tel 416-516-3755 fax 416-516-3955http://www.NormanOrenstein.com

    “Queen’s end” writes: > > > > > Resa McConaghy posted: “ A slice of Rachel’s Dragonfly, a work in progress > >Rachel West is my favorite artist. > >You probably haven’t heard of her as she has been hidden away in Winnipeg’s creative hinte” > > > > > >


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  4. What beautiful artwork – I looooove the dragofly!!!


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  5. You are a long way from home…!
    Rachael’s work is simply gorgeous. I love the versatility she employs.!
    And, the dragonfly is incredible; she sure knows how to capture light..!
    Hope you’re not too homesick… ;)


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  6. I LERV the raven. And the duck. Am seeing a bird theme here… Hope you can still breathe so far from home! xo


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  7. The prairies have spawned many important artists through the years. Being a prairie girl myself. And being an avid art collector of prairie artists I would say is a woman destined for great things. Thank you for Resa for sharing. Virginia


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  8. How interesting that you collect art from prairie artists. I’m so glad you enjoyed Rachel’s work. – Resa


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  9. She’s very talented. Thank you for sharing these, Resa. :-)


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  10. They are a magnificents picture. Sorry, my english is so bad but I love so much


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  11. Thank you for introducing me to Rachel West, Resa. Her work is lovely. I especially appreciate her wolf, her duck and your father’s home. I think his home is my favorite. It looks pretty idyllic. So sorry to hear you are homesick.


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  12. I love the drawings of animals!


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  13. I found your blog through maxima and you are a fascinating woman and extremely talented, you should be very proud of yourself.


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2 thoughts on “Rachel West”

  1. What a very kind tribute Resa and the talent clearly runs in the family!

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