Rachael Johnson, born in Leeds in 1962, spent her early years in Fermanagh. She studied printmaking in Canterbury College of Art and Design and completed her fine arts degree in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1984. Rachael travelled extensively worldwide before returning to Ireland in 1991 to work as an artist-in-residence in Dublin.
Currently based in Derry, she is a registered art psychotherapist but spends much of her free time painting in the studio, in Enniskillen, of her late father, the artist Gordon Johnson.
Several of her recent works were selected for the International ArtExpo in Riccioni, Italy.
She is inspired by the nature which surrounds her:
" There is something of the bog and shore that haunts: the sweep of fractured scarp and tilted seam of fossiled stone, rusty fern and peat moss, soft rush sward and the slow seep of dank bog pools resonate with archetypal curve and hue, making a familiar of these primal wetlands, and when recalled from sensory memory, these are inscapes."
Rachael uses mixed media to create collage paintings on canvas including oil, gouache and acrylic paints, inks, pastels, textured papers, fabric and natural fibre, metal, stone, wood and bone.
Recent solo show locations include The Cascade Gallery, Waterside Theatre, Derry and The John Hewitt, Belfast. Group exhibitions include The Higher Bridges Gallery, Enniskillen, The London Street Gallery, Derry and The International Art Expo, Riccione, Italy.