Who is Rachel Belle?
I am an illustrative artist from Melbourne, Australia, with a background in ice skating.
I have always enjoyed and immersed myself in the creative arts, whether it was illustrating, painting, reading or acting. I am also an elite competitive figure skater in training to become a coach, however, in 2013 I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and had to stop competitive skating. This was extremely frustrating, however in this time of being unwell I started illustrating and my new story began. I was working in a ballet shop (Dancewear Nation, Williamstown) and was asked to create some unique, illustrated cards to sell in-store. This resulted in creating my first illustrated greeting cards ‘Classic Ballet’ and ‘Christmas Surprise’. From there came the idea that I could turn my illustrations into a business, and finally in June 2018 I had enough illustrations and products to take my cards to markets, ice skating stalls and created my online Etsy store.
I have been very open about my struggle with OCD and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and I hope my story will inspire people to achieve their goals regardless of any set backs, illnesses or challenges they may face. I am thrilled to launch my new website and I am so excited to share my unique illustrations and products with you. Thanks for taking the time to read this and please feel free to reach out and make contact through my contact page or the social media links below.