Thanks for visiting my webpage which shows some of my original watercolour paintings, card sets and prints which are for sale. My name is Rachel Toll and I am a watercolour artist based in Devon, England. I love painting and gain much inspiration from the landscapes, wildlife and coasts of Devon and Cornwall.
Wildlife painting has become a major part of who I am. I strive to capture the essence of the subjects I paint and the eyes of the animal hold a special place in the painting. Once I have the eyes I like to work loosely, leaving much to the viewer's imagination. If people like what I have painted then that makes me very happy.
I also take on commissions and these have presented me with lots of new and unexpected challenges. Find me on facebook, twitter and instagram (links at the bottom of the page) which I regularly update with new work.
Here are some of the highlights of what I have been doing outside the studio.
2023 - Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours
I was delighted to be chosen as a non-member exhibitor for this year's Annual Exhibition at the Mall galleries.
2022 - The Kingfisher's hour - for solo piano
An unusual question by email led to a link up with a Japanese music publisher and one of my kingfisher paintings being used on the cover of some sheet music - The Kingfisher’s hour (2021) - for solo piano - Atsushi Yamanaka.
2020 - in the grounds of Lympstone Manor
I was very happy to be involved in Michael Caines' new addition to Lympstone this year by providing some of the artwork for the Shepherd Huts set in the beautiful grounds of the Manor.
2019 - Doddiscombsleigh Art Show
Very pleased to be part of the biennial Doddiscombsleigh Art Show again - my work is on sale alongside a stunning collection of art from other artists in the south west, raising funds for the local school.
Explorers against extinction
I was very happy to be included in the Sketch for Survival auction again this year along with other artists and celebrities, supporting the work of the wildlife protection charity Explorers against extinction.
Teaching in France
I was excited to head off to France in April to tutor a group on a painting holiday - Pallettes de Gascogne - near Toulouse. The South West of France gave us a lot of inspiration for some great watercolours.
2018 - Sketch for survival
I was very happy to raise funds in a charity art exhibition and auction along with other artists and celebrities (including the likes of Stephen Fry, Ranulph Fiennes and Judi Dench). After the exhibition 'world tour' - taking in London, New York (and not forgetting Norwich) three of my paintings sold, raising funds for the wildlife protection work of Explorers against extinction.