Rachel Howard, born in 1969, grew up in County Durham where she attended a Quaker school, an experience which has had a continued effect on her work.
"I went to a Quaker school and it had such a powerful effect on my life that I've carried it with me ever since. I'm an atheist now but Quakerism was the first time as a child I came across a religious structure that made some sense … the silence, contemplation, the acknowledgement of our responsibilities not just to each other but also to nature, they are pacifists." - Rachel Howard
She creates expressive works which confront themes such as beauty, fragility, terror, violence, religion, uncertainty, morality and violence. She was shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2004. She has exhibited internationally in the UK, the United States, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Her works are included in the Tate Archive, Ackland Art Museum in North Carolina and Museum Van Moon in Amsterdam among others.