Heller focuses on life drawings, figures without vanity or
pretension. Her drawings although impressionistic have intense
realism due to the solidity and weight that they express whether
nudes or landscapes. The power of this body of work is its ability
to convey innocence and honesty within sincere and natural
Rachel was born with Down's Syndrome but this has never stood in
the way of her formidable powers of self-expression and her command
of imagery and colour. Her work stands on its own as a body of
endless inventive imagination and skill.
Heller has had several one-person exhibitions, her first at John
Jones in Finsbury Park when she was only twenty two which attracted
much enthusiasm and praise. Rachel studied at The Prince's Drawing
School in Hoxton and has attended summer schools at Slade School of
Art as well as completing a foundation course and a diploma at Byam
Shaw. Rachel went on to be awarded the Hugh Casson Drawing Prize
from the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2006.