Rachel Bess was born in 1979 and received her B.F.A. from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University in 2001. She paints realistic, usually figurative, oil paintings on panel using traditional techniques. Her small scale and meticulous style intentionally creates an intimate experience for the viewer. She has shown around the world and in addition to being a full-time painter she makes time to teach a limited number of oil painting and figure drawing workshops every year.