Rachael Speirs began painting as a toddler as art was always encouraged in her household. She remembers having ‘art days’ with her older brother where one day a week they would work in the basement of their home, painting caricatures of each other and making small sculptures that expanded in water.
Throughout grade school and high school she was always known as ‘the art kid’ and spent a lot of time in solitude, painting on the back of old posters and slabs of discarded wood often using tools she invented herself and salvaging (or stealing) scraps of fabric from her mother’s sewing basket to create dolls and artwork.
Rachael holds both Canadian and American citizenships and upon graduating from high school she chose to travel throughout the United States. She lived in California for almost a year before living on Mackinac Island in Michigan where she worked for local artist Maeve Croghan. Upon her return she went to school to become a social service worker and was consistently encouraged by her professor to pursue her love of art.
Her belief in the strength of human potential lead her to take a risk in 2010 follow her own calling as an artist.