...an extraordinary gift combined with a level of maturity in her painting that captures the personality and character 
of her subjects. There is nothing tentative or timid about her work the results are emotive and thought provoking. 


- Norah Ohrt, Perth Galleries, Bonham's representative, Western Australia

Born Western Australia, 1971
1989 - 1991 Diploma in Art and Design, WA Met. School of Art and Design
1994 - 2003 Designer, The West Australian Newspaper
2007 - 2012 Residency at Customs House, Fremantle
2009 - Propel Youth Arts Mentor
2010 - Studio Escalier, Paris, Winter at the Louvre drawing program
Selected Awards and commendations
2016 Black Swan Portrait Prize - Winner
2016 Kilgour Art Prize - finalist
2016 Albany Art Prize - finalist

2016 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize - finalist
2015 Doug Moran Portrait Prize - semi-finalist
2015 Black Swan Portrait Prize - finalist
2015 Bankwest Art Prize - finalist
2014 Doug Moran Portrait Prize - semi-finalist
2014 Black Swan Portrait Prize - finalist
2014 Lethbridge Small Scale Art – online finalist
2014 Bankwest Art Prize - finalist and People's Choice prize winner
2013 Albany Art Prize - finalist
2011 Artitude open category - winner
2007 Metro 5 Gallery - finalist
2006 Metro 5 Gallery - finalist
2004 Cromwell's art prize - finalist

Selected Exhibitions
2017 Restoration, VIC, solo
2016 Black Swan Portrait Prize, group
2016 Kilgour Art Prize, NSW, group
2016 Albany Art Prize, WA, group
2016 RETROspective, Holmes a Court Gallery, WA, solo
2016 Shirley Hannan Portrait Prize, NSW, group
2015 Bankwest Art Prize, group
2015 Black Swan Portrait Prize, WA, group
2015 'District' Gallerysmith, VIC, solo
2014 Black Swan Portrait Prize, WA, group
2014 'Juncture' Gallerysmith, VIC, solo
2013 Bankwest Art Prize, group
2013 Albany Art Prize, group
2013 Gallerysmith, "Three hundred and thirty", VIC, group
2013 Holmes a Court Gallery, Art of Sound, with the National Film and Sound Archive, group
2012 Gallerysmith, "Three hundred and thirty", VIC, group
2012 Perth Galleries, WA, solo
2012 Gallerysmith, VIC, solo
2011 ROA Gallery, London, solo
2010 Wagner Art Gallery, NSW, group
2010 Gunyulgup Galleries, WA, solo
2010 Melbourne Art Fair, Perth Galleries WA, group
2010 Perth Galleries, "Legacy", WA, solo
2010 Holmes a Court Gallery, "Ten", group
2009 Gallery 27, "pack", London, solo
2008 Gunyulgup Galleries, WA, solo
2007 Perth Galleries, WA, "Clusters", solo
2007 Customs House open studio, WA, group
2007 Mine Own Executioner, Mundaring Arts Centre, WA, group
2007 Metro 5, VIC, Finalists, group
2006 Gunyulgup Galleries, WA, solo
2006 Perth Galleries, WA, group
2006 Metro 5, VIC, Finalists, group
2005 48 King St, Perth, WA, solo
2004 Murray St, Perth, WA, solo
2004 Cromwell, NSW, Art Prize Finalists, Sydney, Melbourne and Washington DC

Selected publications
The Age, 2015, In the Galleries, Review by Dan Rule
Australian Art Collector, 2015 July-Sept, Collecting - 'For the  diary', Lousie Martin-Chew
The West Australian, 2015, 'Record lot for art prize' by Stephen Bevis
The West Australian, 2012, 'Fight and Flight' by Lyn Diceiero
The Age, 2012, In the Galleries, by Dan Rule
The West Australian, 2010, Review by Ric Spencer
The West Weekend Magazine, March 2010, "My Space"
Australian Art Market Report, January 2010, "Expat Eye"
This is London Magazine 2009
In London 2009
The London Paper 2009 – Meet the artist
The Australian Times, London 2009 – Coad breaking
The West Australian 2009 – Artists puts expats in big picture
The West Australian 2007– Portraits from face-to-face
Artists Chronicle– Cover image, Nov 2007
RTR Fm radio interview – 2007
The Fremantle Gazette 2007 – "Rachel shines again"
The Fremantle Herald 2006 – "Ms Coad cracks it"
The Fremantle Gazette 2006 – "Young artist in hunt for coveted national prize"
The West Australian 2005 – "WA pair up for prize"
The Great Outdoors, channel 7 – Painting featured in The Outram Hotel
PostcardsWA – Gallery interview and review – channel 9, 2004
Collections
Janet Holmes a Court Collection
Cromwell Art Prize Collection
Santa Maria College Collection
Private collections: Australia, Holland, Hong Kong, Singapore, USA, UK and Japan