Perhaps best known for witnessing thousands of consecutive sunrises over the ocean, and the resulting atmospheric drawings and paintings, Rachael OShaughnessy has a passion for ocean storms as they meet art. Awarded Hewnoaks Artist Colony Residencies, Vermont Studio Center Residencies, a Pace House Residency at Maine College of Art, OShaughnessy incorporates the Hudson River School research from her museum work into her own visceral experience of nature. Bob Keyes of The Portland Press Herald has referred to her as the Sea Dancer, and in recent years, luminist works and sublime works by J.M. W. Turner, Albert Pinkham Ryder, cue in her passion for color and light as they meet the Maine and New England coastline. OShaughnessys museum explorations and historical guide work have led to teaching dynamic drawing workshops that explore the affects of the very atmospheric light conditions over the water that compel her own work.
OShaughnessys 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 Old York Museums includes historical research and museum oration, and her paintings are shown in both public and private collections. She is an active member of the Ogunquit Museum of Art, the Ogunquit Art Association , and an exhibiting member of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. OShaughnessy is represented by the William Scott Gallery in Provinecetown, Massachusetts , Art 3 in Manchester NH, Ocean House Gallery in Cape Elizabeth. In the summers, O'Shauhgnessy also shows work at Littlefield Gallery in Winter Harbor, where she and her husband, artist and museum educator John David O'Shaughnessy were recently wed.