capturing Minnesota home and heritage in colored pencil
What do you love about your home?
The natural wonders surrounding it? The rich diversity? Its wealth of cultural history?
What images captivate your heart and imagination?
Art stirs the soul and reflects what you love most.
Maybe it’s a touch of whimsy in everyday life, or maybe it’s a glimpse of something rare that you’ll never see in person.
Maybe it’s about reality—something tangible and loved. Maybe it’s a story that the picture tells, or the emotion it evokes.
Do you have art that grounds you and whispers, “This is home.”?
Let me share with you what captures my heart and imagination . . . and maybe it will capture yours, too.
I’m Rachael Koppendrayer—artist, illustrator, writer, and lover of stories.
Raised on the small dairy farm in central Minnesota that my great-grandfather established when he emigrated from Sweden, I grew up surrounded by field and pasture, woods and swamp—all ripe for exploration and inspiration. Though I have traveled the world since, it is the images of my home and heritage that continue to inspire my artwork most.
Come see the art inspired by my Minnesota home!
Learn about colored pencil art and view my gallery; then shop at my store, or see if a commission is right for you!
Latest Children's Book
Written by Angela Henderson and illustrated by Rachael Koppendrayer, Isaac & Izzy's Magical Maples continues the adventures of a pair of friends who want to give back to the tree that brought them together.
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