Mercer holds a BA from Cardiff School of Art and completed her post-graduate at the Royal Drawing School in 2013. Based in London, she balances her time between studio practice and teaching. Rachel has taught life-drawing and life-painting to young people and adults since 2013. She has taught classes at HSoA since 2020.
Mercer’s paintings juxtapose everyday scenes and classical themes creating haunting images where the subject fades into the sensuality of the medium. The figures in her work move and dissolve across the canvas, simultaneously creating a sense of disappearance and presence.
She has exhibited in the UK and China. Stand-out exhibitions include: Christie's London, 2013, Mercer Chance and Mandell's Gallery in 2018, San Mei Gallery in 2019, Carousel Gallery and Coventry Cathedral in 2020 and Fitzrovia Gallery 2022. Shortlisted for the Ruth Borchard Prize (2020) and Hampstead Art Society prize (2022).