Rachel Newton is a self-taught artist who began painting during a long period of ill health as it provided comfort. Feeling imprisoned in her own body, it followed that her mind, perhaps as a form of self-preservation 'hibernated', and abstract art became the obvious and indeed the only form of self-expression.
Her work often uses muted colours, with textured areas of gold which signify a glimmer of hope and regeneration. Rachel's practice often involves many layers of mixed media over the large expanse of canvas or board to offer overall depth. Emerging delicately from that expanse of what from a distance appears as solid colour are textured details evoking fresh possibilities challenging the stability of hibernation.