She has also studied Fine Art and Printmaking at the Queensland College of Art Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland.
Since her first exhibition with the Queensland Arts Council in 1990, Raquel has successfully exhibited her Lino cuts and Wood cuts – depicting Queensland architectural themes and interiors in Brisbane.
She was the Director of the Visual Arts Schools Program and children’s art exhibitions for the “Out of the Box” Children’s Festival from 1992 to 2000. For this festival she created the “Web” exhibition in 1996, “The Art of Eric Carle” children’s art activities in 1998, and in 2000 she presented “Me”, an exhibition of self-portraits by young children.
Raquel has extensive experience designing and implementing “Artists in Residence” programs in primary schools in Brisbane and South East Queensland. In 1990, she started teaching privately from her studio in Bardon. In 1994 she founded Brava Art, an artist collective that focused on art education and visual art community activities.
From 1994 to 2002 Raquel was involved with Arts Queensland, the Ministry for the Arts, as a member of the Visual Arts, Craft and Design Peer Assessment Panel, the Cultural Advisory Council and the Cultural Diversity Committee, chairing the latter in 2000 and 2001.
In 2001 Queensland Arts Council commissioned Raquel to create the cover images for the 2002 “On Tour in Schools” program.
Raquel continues to work in her studio producing editions of unique colour reduction Lino cuts and exhibiting in Brisbane and South Australia. Her prints are held in private collections in USA, UK, Germany, Canada and South America. She still works as an art specialist in primary schools around Brisbane and she teaches art to students at the Queensland University of Technology, School of Early Childhood in Brisbane. She still teaches privately from her studio in Bardon and recently started her Brava Art Press business producing and distributing Greeting Cards.
In 2014, Brava Art Press became part of the Chroma Australia Pty. Ltd. family. Raquel is currently a director of Chroma.