- Young Artists Faculty
- Alumni, 2013
Before The Drawing Year, Rachel Mercer studied at Cardiff School of Art and Design. She now lives and works in Hackney. Her work is inspired by traditional Chinese ink painting; its serenity, delicacy, celebration of nature and its illustration of philosophical ideas. Her subject matter is often plants and people. In her portraits she shows the sitter in a state of meditative reflection, whilst her botanical studies express her own feelings of wonder and interest in ecology. Her paintings harmoniously balance tone and colour to create a sense of space and luminosity. She recently established the Mercer Chance Gallery in Hoxton with fellow Drawing Year alumnus Michael Chance.