Rachel Hall Kirk is a Professor of Drawing in the Department of Art + Design at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. She's currently serving as the Interim Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Humanities at CWU. She earned an MFA in drawing and painting in 2004 from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and BFA from Austin Peay State University. Her abstract mixed-media artwork, which has been widely exhibited in competitive juried exhibitions, is based on patterns found in nature and combines elements of both drawing and painting. She currently serves on the Board of Directors at Gallery One Visual Arts Center in Ellensburg. In addition to teaching and creating new artwork, Rachel is an avid amateur gardener and dog and cat mom. While she finds very little joy in the act of running, she loves reaching goals and is proud to have completed six  seven half-marathons.