Rachael Groombridge

Seated with Stars, mixed media
Calamity, oil on canvas

Rachael’s paintings and drawings are lucid, fluid explorations of objects, figures, and environments that provoke contemplation.  Much of her work concentrates on her physical and spiritual relationship with landscape.  

Her paintings and drawings are informed by both visual and kinaesthetic observations. She records her daily journey with sketches and panoramic photographs, then uses this information to compose dynamic, reflective images of her path over time.

For Rachael, walking through space gives rise to visceral experiences which she records to convey the sublimity she feels.  She is focused on creating active, yet pensive environments with energetic mark making to arouse a sense of invigoration.  Vibrant chroma, which adds to the energy of the scene, is contrasted with dark values to create foreboding wonderment.  She aims to stimulate a cognitive and meditative experience for her audience.

Rachael is an emerging Sarnia artist, recently based in Toronto.  In spring of 2017 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD University).

Rachael’s artworks have been exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Sarnia and Toronto and have been featured in The Sarnia Observer as well as having been included in the OCAD University Publications Colour & Two-Dimensional Design, a required textbook for all first year students at OCADU, and Project 17, a painting catalogue funded by Mercedes Benz Financial.

She works with a variety of media including watercolour, charcoal, pastel, pencil crayon, inks, and with oils and acrylics on canvas, paper and wood panel.

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