Rachel Hannan was born in 1971 overlooking Newcastle Beach, NSW.
After completing her Fine Arts Degree at Newcastle University in 1992 with a High Distinction in Painting Rachel directed her energies towards the performing arts where she began her successful career as a jazz vocalist and recording artist and has been teaching vocals since 1996.
Rachel maintained her art practice through one-off wearable art pieces, sculptural light fittings and handmade painted jewellery. In 2008 Rachel returned to the studio and oil painting with a renewed freedom and a relaxed, less analytical approach.
She often works alla prima, sometimes plein air, or creates images that are a combination of references and memories gained from her adventures in the wilderness.