“When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe. -John Muir, naturalist, explorer, and writer (1838-1914)”

For the past 14 years I have had the privilege to live with my family on a vineyard in the beautiful Hunter Valley yet my passion for the Hunter and the Australian bush began when I was very small.

 As a young child I would often seek solace in the Australian bush. Our suburban home in Sydney backed on to a native reserve and I would wander through the reserve connecting with the plants and animals. My childhood was also spent on the Central Coast of New South Wales in a small hamlet called, Gwandalan. Situated on Lake Macquarie and surrounded by water and bush land, once again I would be known to take myself on long bush walks immersed in the landscape and pop out the other side at dusk into the bright lights of suburbia. Snakes, spiders and other creepy crawlies where never on my mind. I was an explorer, setting out on big adventures in Nature closely looking at plants and animals.

My connection with the Hunter Valley was welcomed by family friends who owned an amazing property in Merriwa, about 3 hours north west of Sydney. A sprawling typical Australian countryside which is witness to the harsh yet unique Australian climate. I was fortunate to spend many holidays there and become captivated by this sacred landscape. It was here that I saw firsthand how Nature can be capricious. This had an impact on my life and where my passion for the Hunter Valley grew. I started to paint en plein air (outside) here, while still at art school.

I now live with my family here and my work is still inspired by this ever-changing Hunter Valley landscape. I still paint in my ‘backyard’ and in an intuitive, Impressionist style of painting called, en plein air. I feel there’s a connection between man and nature, always present yet often unseen. My purpose is to create an awareness of this connection. Unique in style, yet reminiscent of the works of Turner, Constable, Streeton and inspired by writers such as, Basho and Muir, my aim is not just to show a ‘pretty picture’, but to create a specific experience for the viewer.

If my paintings are dramatic or foreboding, just the way the sky looks before or during a storm, it’s because I wish for the viewer to experience that same intensity I see. I want the viewer to take a moment and reflect on our place within Nature. That we are all connected in this incredible energetic web.

I completed a Bachelor Fine Arts Honours at University of New South Wales. Further education has included Northern Sydney Technical College, a printmaking mentor-ship and many residencies. I have participated in many solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Europe, China and USA.


2008-9 Mentorship with master-printmaker, James Whitington, Crown St Press
1999 Bachelor Fine Arts Honours, COFA, University of New South Wales
1998 Bachelor Fine Arts, COFA, University of New South Wales
1995 Associate Diploma Arts (Fine Arts) Northern Sydney Technical College

solo exhibitions

2016 ' Various Storms & Saints' drawings and paintings from Hunter Valley, Australia & Tuscany, Italy', Belimage Gallery Switzerland
2015 ‘In Season’, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook NSW
2014 ‘Are we there yet?’ Manning Regional Art Gallery, Taree NSW
‘A Country Drive’, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Muswellbrook NSW
2013‘Cockfighter Country’, Margan Family Wines, Hunter Valley
‘Road Trip’, Singleton Art Festival, Singleton Council, Hunter Valley
‘Rough Surface; the Scenic Route’, Gloucester Gallery, Gloucester, NSW
2012 ‘Rough Surface’, Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi
2007 ‘Australian Sienna’, Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi NSW
2004 ‘Emergence’, Salmon Galleries, McMahon’s Point, Sydney NSW

selected group exhibitions

2019 “Approaches to Landscape”, Cessnock Regional Gallery, Hunter Valley
2018 New York Art Fair
2017"西韵无界" Weihai Peninsula Museum of Art, Weihai, China
"美俄艺术作品联展" Weihai Art Museum, Weihai China
Shanghai Art Fair, Shanghai, China
 Muswellbrook Art Prize - Drawing, Muswellbrook Regional Art Gallery
2015 " Bloom: A celebration of Spring", Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney
"The Printed Image",Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney
"Bloom: a celebration of Spring", Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Sydney
2014 "#fridaysketchclub", Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
"Little Treasures 2014", Galleria Di Marchi, Bologna Italy
2013 "Miniatures XVI", Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Hunter Valley
"The Art Trail', CRAG, Cessnock NSW
"Little Treasures 2013", Galleria Di Marchi, Bologna Italy
2012 Finalist, Muswellbrook Art Prize, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
'Transferring the Image 2012', Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown
Asia Pacific Miniprint International, Melbourne & Hong Kong
XIV 'San Valentino' invitation exhibition, Vico Del Gargano, Italy
2011 'On the Edge’, Galleria Di Marchi, Bologna, Italy
‘One Off: the art of the monotype’, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery, NSW
‘Transferring the Image 2011’, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
‘Small Works’, Greenway Gallery, Morpeth, NSW
'Out from Down Under and Beyond", Agora Gallery, New York, USA
2010 ‘Wide wastes of scrub and plain’, Headland Gallery, Mosman NSW
‘Transferring the Image 2010’, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
‘Unframed 2010’, N.A.S, Newcastle NSW
2009‘Transferring the Image 2009’, Kerrie Lowe Gallery, Newtown NSW
‘Unframed 2009’, N.A.S, Newcastle NSW
‘Single Edition’, Podspace, Newcastle NSW
2008 ‘Nature’s Palette’, Old Fire Shed Gallery, Wollombi NSW
2007 ‘Recent Work’, Salmon Galleries, Sydney NSW
2006 'Recent Acquisitions’ Salmon Galleries, Sydney NSW
2005 ‘Wish list’ Salmon Galleries, Sydney NSW
‘Looking Inwards’, Salmon Galleries, Sydney NSW
2004 Museum Association Exhibition, Manly Regional Gallery, Manly N.S.W
1999 'Honourable Intentions', C.O.F.A, University of New South Wales
'«', C.O.F.A Exhibition Space, University of New South Wales
Graduation Exhibition, C.O.F.A University of New South Wales
1998 'Breathe’, Arthaus Gallery, Newtown, N.S.W
1997 ‘Medium Rare’, Nelson Street Gallery, N.S.W
Graduation Exhibition, C.O.F.A, University of New South Wales


2017 Viola Bromley Award for painting - Winner
2017 Muswellbrook Art Prize, Drawing - Finalist, Honourable Mention
2014 Critic's Choice , Trevisan International Art - Winner
2013 Hunter Valley Grammar  Art Prize - Highly Commended
2013 Critic's Choice Award Trevisan International Art - Winner
2013 & 2016 Muswellbrook Art Prize - Drawing. Finalist
2012 Singleton Art Prize/ Contemporary - Winner
2012 Singleton Art Prize/Flowers -Highly Commended
2012 Asia Pacific Miniprint International Awards - Finalist
2011 Singleton Art Prize /Local – Highly Commended
2009 CPM National Print Award – Finalist
2009 Port Macquarie Art Prize/ Drawing – Commended
2008 Singleton Art Prize/ Local – Commended
2007 Singleton Art Prize/ Drawing – Commended
2006 Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Art Gallery - Finalist
2005 Blake Art Prize, Sydney NSW - Finalist
2005 Fisher’s Ghost Art Prize Campbelltown Art Gallery - Finalist
2004 Hornsby Art Society Competition Prize, Hornsby NSW - Finalist
1997 Merriwa Photography Prize – Winner
1996 Merriwa Drawing Prize – Winner
1996 Merriwa Photography Prize – Highly Commended
1996 Muswellbrook Photography Prize – Highly Commended
1996 Mosman Photography Prize – Commended


2016 & 2014 Summer Artist Residency, La Macina di San Cresci, Chianti, Italy
2013 Resident artist, Margan Family Wines, Hunter Valley
2012 invitation artist residency, San Menaio,  Italy
1998 Guest student, Muenster Fachhochschule, Germany


2014 Guest Curator #fridaysketchclub exhibition, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre
2011 Festival Artist, Peat's Ridge Festival, NSW
2007, 2008, 2012, 2103 Council Member & Curator,
Wollombi Valley Arts Council, Hunter Valley
2007 Life Member, Cessnock Regional Art Gallery


'Art Matters', Art upClose, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre Issue 1, pg 9, 2017
'Grand Espaces', Accrochages Magazine d'art,  Switzerland, July- August 2016, No179, pg 15
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Autumn Catalogue 2015
"In Season" exhibition catalogue, Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, 2015
'Artist captures essence of life on the highway', Newcastle Herald, Frances Thompson, pg 16 , 2nd July 2013
'Italy, New York..but Hunter is where her art is', Maitland Mercury, Emma Swain, pg 7, 7th June 2013
'ART that inspires', Singleton Argus, Louise Nichols, pg 6, 4th June 2013
' The Hunter Valley', Michel Chatenay, pg 60 Australian Wildlife Artist Publication 2012
Radio interview, 2HD Newcastle with Meryl Swanson, Sept 23rd, 2011
1233 ABC Newcastle Radio Interview, Jill Emberson, 21st September 2011
'Hunter Art in the Big Apple’, Hunter Lifestyle Magazine, Edition 50, pg 34 2011
‘Rebecca Rath’, ARTisSpectrum Magazine, New York, June 2011
‘Local artist exhibits in New York’, Cessnock Advertiser, May 11th 2011
‘Pokolbin Artist to exhibit in New York – Rebecca Rath’, The Maitland Mercury, Mon 25th April, 2011
‘Rebecca Rath Artist’, the Post Newspaper, 9th Sept, 2009
‘Single Edition’, H2 Arts, Newcastle Herald, Jill Stowell, Sat 5th Sept, 2009
‘Unframed’, H2 Arts, Newcastle Herald, Jill Stowell, Sat 2nd May 2009
‘Nature’s Palette’, Imag Monthly, pg 22, December 2008
‘Hunter Artists on show at Wollombi’, The Cessnock Advertiser, pg 2, Nov 5 2008|
‘Insider’s take on art a winner’, Newcastle Herald, October 11, 2008
‘ MRAGM Featured Artist Rebecca Rath’, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Feb/ March 2008
‘Christy Conna, My Favourite Things’, The Saturday Daily Telegraph, pg 22, Nov 24 2007
‘Australian Sienna’, Imag Monthly, pg 20 November 2007
Australian Religious Diary Blake Prize Edition David Lovell Publishing 2005


Muswelllbrook Regional Arts Centre, Hunter Valley Grammar School, Art Spectrum Manufacturing Company
Private collections China, Norway, Singapore, UK, USA, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and Australia