Reflections Upon Water

Rachel McDonnell, Rod Nelson
24th January – 15th February 2023

An exhibition of paintings by Rachel McDonnell and woodblock prints by Rod Nelson

We are delighted to present work by painter Rachel McDonnell and printmaker Rod Nelson with their collection of elegant artworks depicting moving water, reflections and flow.

Both share a deep respect for the environment, the need to document it, learn from it and protect it. Their work is reflective both in subject matter and philosophy – a world at war and recovering from a global pandemic – the purity of nature offers all the answers but is under serious threat. Simultaneously capturing the beauty of the landscape while commenting on its vulnerability.

Rachel McDonnell

Motivated by a desire to make a contribution to the world becoming a better place, Rachel studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics and explored environmental issues which now give a clear voice to her visual narratives. The daughter of artists, Rachel has a natural talent, working in oils often using reflective pearlescent palettes which she presents with great originality on unusually shaped canvases.

Rod Nelson

Rod Nelson has been making prints from woodblocks for more than thirty years. Originally influenced by the Japanese sosaku hanga (artist print) tradition, he sought to find ways of using the medium in a free and fluid way.  Later influences came from the long traditions of fine printing which he encountered from time spent in Southern Germany and China. His current interest is in portraying undulation, flow and reflection on water. He constantly seeks to evolve new techniques to do this within the ancient tradition of woodblock printing. Rod has recently been elected to Associate Membership of the Royal Institute of Painter-Printmakers.

You are invited to our Private View on Tuesday 24th January from 6 – 8pm

at Art Cotswold, 6 High Street, Chipping Campden, GL55 6AT




Reflections Upon Water exhibition for Art Cotswold gallery
oil on linen
Black Rocks by Rod Nelson for Art Cotswold
Black Rocks, 2022
woodblock print
80 × 56cm
Outpost, 2022
oil on linen
20cm × 30cm
Havn by Rod Nelson for Art Cotswold
Havn blu, 2022
woodblock print
50 × 44cm
Outlook by Rachel McDonnell for Art Cotswold
Outlook, 2022
oil on canvas
65 × 95cm
Study in Spray by Rod Nelson for Art Cotswold
Study in Spray, 2022
woodblock print
39 × 53cm
Waiting by the Lake by Rachel McDonnell for Art Cotswold
Waiting by the Lake, 2022
oil on linen
40 × 70cm
Driven by the wind by Rod Nelson for Art Cotswold
Driven by the wind, 2022
woodblock print
110 × 84cm