Rachael Ricketts' artistic education began at Bournville School of Art, followed by a degree in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art, graduating in 1980. After further study, she qualified as a restorer of wall paintings. Following this, she worked with a team for a year on the restoration of Brighton's Royal Pavilion, then for another seven years conserving ecclesiastical frescos and other wall paintings.
The urge to create new artworks became irresistible, so she went home to the studio and bought a puppy. The little dog inspired her to make sculpture; and the idea grew and blossomed, surprising her with success. Rachael missed colour but doesn’t want to give up sculpture in order to reintroduce it in her work. Hence, the fresco-type paintings on ceramic sculpture, which forms part of her current portfolio. Much of Rachael's work is cast in bronze.
In addition to this and her ceramic sculptures, she also works with Jesmonite, a gypsum and acrylic resin composite and other mixed media as in her current series of circus inspired horses.
She became an Associate of the RBSA in 2005 and was elected as a full Member in 2008.