Rachel Teannalach

Rachel Teannalach

Rachel Teannalach is a contemporary landscape painter based in Boise, Idaho. Her work is characterized by bold, gestural brushstrokes and her ability to evoke the emotional quality of the places she paints.

Teannalach's work is guided by the belief that the observation of nature revives our recognition of beauty and restores our sense of belonging in the natural world. Her work inspires viewers to leave, in W.B. Yeats’ words, “a little space for the rose-breath to fill.”

Her focus over the last several years has been collaborations with conservation organizations, supporting their efforts to preserve the lands she loves to paint. Teannalach is committed to environmental responsibility. A portion of her proceeds is donated to Plastic Bank, and she uses repurposed substrates and recycled, compostable packaging whenever possible.

Teannalach is known especially for her "tinyExpanse" daily paintings, which can be purchased on Etsy, along with small works and prints. Her work also encompasses large scale landscapes and occasional cityscapes and portraiture.

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ARTIST BIO

Rachel Teannalach is a Boise-based landscape painter working primarily in oil on linen. Originally from northern New Mexico, she has painted extensively in Idaho, Northern California throughout the west, and anywhere else her travels have taken her.

Teannalach grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. She attended Scripps College for Women, part of the Claremont College consortium, where she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts in 2003. She also studied at the painting program at the Glasgow School of Art and Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy.

After graduating, she spent six years in Marin County, where she painted primarily Plein Air landscapes. In 2009, Teannalach moved to Idaho in search of a quieter life than the Bay Area provided, and a return to a high desert landscape more akin to that of her childhood. She resides in Boise's East end with her husban, two young daughters, Mairead and Saoirse, and her dog, Chilly. 

Teannalach's artwork was gifted by Boise Mayor McLean and the City of Boise to President Biden on his recent visit to Boise.