Rachel Ashton integrates all aspects of an artistic lifestyle and her environmental concerns into her practice. Her work can be inward-looking, sometimes through paintings and songs examining psychological issues through dreams. She is also moved by her surroundings in the North East of Scotland, reflecting her deep concern for environmental degradation and the impact that we have on nature. In the last few years she has been developing her practice through experimenting with handmade natural paint and printing techniques and integrating music, drawing and the sung and written word through the use of video and other media.
She is currently artist in residence with Deveron Projects, Huntly. Her joint project ‘Walking Without Walls’ with Gaza painter, May Murad, involves among other things, digital friendship and cultural exchange, wildplant journaling, which culminated in the annual slow marathon at Deveron in April 2018.