Rachel Bess graduated from the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University with a degree in Painting. She taught Life Drawing at New School for the Arts for 6 years before devoting herself to being a full-time oil painter. She is represented locally at Lisa Sette Gallery and shows regularly across the United States and occasionally in Europe. Her paintings, often of an extremely small scale, depict their subjects with tremendous detail and precision and have landed her in many publications and prestigious collections. In 2014 Rachel received the coveted Scult Award for Mid-Career Artists from the Contemporary Forum at the Phoenix Art Museum.