Abigail Rausch was born and raised in Helena Montana. She moved around for a few years, spending time in the San Francisco Bay Area, Washington DC, Milan Italy, and Chicago Illinois, and recently returned to Helena with her boyfriend and three cats. They moved into a house across the street from her childhood home, where her parents and siblings still live.
Abigail’s art draws heavily from the natural world and art history to create illustrative versions of classic motifs -- birds, flowers, snakes, the human figure -- and is particularly influenced by old botanical illustrations. She has a penchant for the antique, strange, and natural, and her mixed media work often incorporates painting with found materials like scrap metal, seashells, animal bones, or parts of old doors.
Abigail has a BA in Art, as well as a BS in History and Political Science. For the last 3 years, she has been working in politics, fundraising, and running campaigns for candidates in Montana and Chicago. Her interests include collecting bones, birdwatching, antique stores, playing whist, and attempting Monday through Wednesday of the NY Times crossword. She does her best work late at night.