As a native of Maine, Rachael O'Shaughnessy is perhaps best known for witnessing thousands of consecutive sunrises over the ocean, and translating them into palpable atmospheric drawings and paintings. O'Shaughnessy has a passion for ocean storms and their light as they meet the timeless and sublime.
A student of Johnnie Winona Ross, and Honour Mack, and a recipient of Hewnoaks Artist Colony Residencies, Vermont Studio Center Residencies, and the Stephen Pace Residency, among others, O'Shaughgnessy incorporates her teaching, museum ,and art historical work with her own visceral experience of nature. Bob Keyes of The Portland Press Herald has recently refered to her as the Sea Dancer, and in recent years, luminous and romantic works by J.M. W. Turner, Albert Pinkham Ryder, Mark Rothko, and Frederic Church cue in her passion for color and light as they meet the New England coastline.
O'Shaughnessys education includes a BFA with honors in painting from Maine College of Art, residencies Vermont Studio Center working with Lois Dodd, and Wolf Kahn, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, independent studies in Europe . Her work with Historic New England Museums, and The Museum of Old York includes Maine historical research and house museum oration, and her work is shown in both public and private collections.
She is currently represented by the William Scott Gallery in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth, Art 3 in Manchester New Hampshire, as well as exhibiting with Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, where she and her husband, and artist colleague John David O'Shaughnessy were married in 2019. The O'Shaughnessys reside and work in in Old Orchard Beac, but theyextending their sites and sights throughout all of New England coastline and beyond.