I’m Rachel Quinlivan West, an illustrator, writer, editor, and dietitian living in Birmingham, Alabama with my husband, our two sons, a very fluffy gray cat, and an incorrigible puppy-faced dog. I’m a Southern girl without a Southern accent—I don’t know how that happened?—who was born and raised in the Deep South (i.e. coastal Alabama).
I’ve been capturing everyday and not-so-everyday moments in illustrated form for more than 15 years—homes, interiors, wedding portraits, family portraits, and scenes from daily life. In my illustrated world, less is more. I rely on subtlety, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail to create unique, visually captivating pieces of art available in both black and white and spot color. I am available for commissions. If you can dream it and describe it, I can draw it.
My favorite piece of punctuation is the em dash followed closely by the ampersand. Some things I like include: any shade of blue, typography, maps, Jane Austen, tiramisu, Al Hirschfeld’s drawings, graphic fabric, the West Elm parsons desk, my ice blue KitchenAid mixer, homemade biscuits with apple jelly, crunchy peanut butter, ponytails, big earrings, bourbon, and travel—I hop on a plane any chance I get.
Things I dislike: excessive use of commas (clearly not sequential commas), loud talkers in quiet places, raw oysters, and canned green beans.