Rachael O’Shaughnessy ’94
Rachael O’Shaughnessy lives and works on the coast 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 as they meet the timeless and sublime. Awarded Hewnoaks Artist Colony Residencies, Vermont Studio Center Residencies, and others, O’Shaughnessy incorporates her museum research work and teaching 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, and Frederic Church cue in her passion for color and light as they meet the New England coastline. O’Shaughnessy received a BFA with honors in painting from Maine College of Art, residencies include Vermont Studio Center working with Lois Dodd, and Wolf Kahn, Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, and independent studies in Europe. Her work with The Currier Museum of Art, and Historic New England Museums includes art instruction, guiding, Maine historical research and museum oration. Her work is shown in both public and private collections.