Rachael Chappuies

Rachael Chappuies

Visual Artist


Sale Associate at the Toledo Museum of Art


A recently graduated two dimensional studies student and a sales associate at the Toledo Museum of Art, Rachel Chappuies has a really sharp eye for detail. Her 1920s fashion-inspired charcoal drawings of friends — which was her latest series — are incredibly in-depth and unique, providing a nice balance of beauty and grit. We caught up with Chappuies to talk about her past projects, being accepted into the Toledo Area Artists Show the first year she applied and what inspires her. 


Tell us more about some of your past projects?

Last year I worked on a collaboration mural project of the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle in someone’s home. It was a great experience to showcase our work on such a large scale. When I am not painting I enjoy drawing. I have a BFA in two- dimensional studies with a concentration of drawing. I have always had a passion for drawing ever since I was young. There is something therapeutic about drawing for me. I could spend hours rendering. My last series was a run of charcoal drawings inspired by the fashion of the 1920’s. They were portraits of some of my close friends dressed in costume to portray that time period. Using charcoal helped create a dramatic essence to each piece. 

What current projects are you working on?

Currently I have been working on commissions and artistic projects that I have been asked to work on. I have recently been brainstorming new ideas for a new series of work. 

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

Toledo has a great artistic community. We all help inspire each other to make great works of art.


Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

For me, one of my greatest successes was when I was accepted into the Toledo Area Artists Show the first year I applied. Many artists told me that it is an extremely difficult show to get in to. My college professors were encouraging me and fellow students to enter. I never expected to get into the show; when I got the letter I was thrilled. 

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

I am always inspired by nature and science, such as the human body. I enjoy painting/drawing the human body because of how beautiful it is, and how everyone has different features. 

Tell us about your background.

I grew up around artists my whole life. My grandfather on my mother’s side is an artist and continues to paint to this day. My father is also an artist. Both of them have been a major influence on my work and my outlook on the art culture. I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an artist. I was constantly doodling on napkins or anything I could get my hands on. 


Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

“Love each day.” I believe that each day is a gift and you never know what each day is going to bring. I am thankful for each day I get to be on this earth learning something new and spending time with family and friends.

Favorite place for local culture?

I enjoy attending Toledo Art Walks in the summer time. It is a great place to meet new artists.

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

I enjoy going to The Attic on Adams to meet up with friends. I feel like The Attic has great atmosphere and place for creative people to hangout.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . . 

Side Cut Park. I enjoy being by the water.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . . 

My house spending time with family or friends.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

I wish there were more options for professional careers as an artist in the Toledo area. As a recent art student graduate, I am having a difficult time finding a full-time position that allows me to use my creativity to its fullest. I have been searching for an art department job for the last year and I haven’t found anything in this area. It seems as if most companies commission artists from larger cities to complete work for them. 

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

As mentioned before, I worked on a ten foot mural with a fellow artist last summer. I also collaborated on some of the murals on Broadway with BGSU for a summer course I took. I enjoy seeing our work displayed throughout the community, adding color to the south end. 

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Leonardo Davinci

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

My favorite CD would have to be the Garden State Soundtrack. Garden State is one of my favorite movies and its soundtrack has a great collaboration of artists that are featured on it. 

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Happy, Detail-oriented, and Caring.


Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

Florence and the Machine, Shake It Out

A good mix of the OLDIES

Garden State Soundtrack

Keane, Hopes and Fears 

Celine Dion, Greatest Hits 


My biggest vice is . . .

A home cooked meal.

I’d like to see _____ in Toledo.

Better water. 

What’s the last dream you recall having?

I always forget most of my dreams when once I wake up unless I write them down. I haven’t had a good one in awhile. 

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

“Under a trillion stars

We danced on top of cars

Took pictures of the stage

So far from where we are

They made me think of you”   

-“Wings” by Birdy

One movie character I identify with is . . . 

I think it is too hard to find just one character. I feel like I am a good mix of all my favorites.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

A meaningful letter. 

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

I feel most inspired when I travel to a new place. Taking in the scenery and its beauty.  

I want my last meal to be…

A good steak with a baked potato, asparagus, and glass of wine. 



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