Born in St Andrews, June Redfern studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art. After her graduation in 1972, she won the First Prize for Scottish Young Contemporaries and was awarded the Andrew Grant Scholarship. Inspired by Rainer Fetting's wild paintings, Redfern developed a freer style in her work, where the thickness of paint and brush strokes is used to convey emotional and physical involvement.
Redfern was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery in London in 1986. She has also been Guest Artist at the University of Minnesota, USA and at the Kunstagademie i Trondheim in Norway. She has had solo exhibitions at the Scottish Gallery, the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh, and lately in 2008 at the Bohun Gallery in Henley on Thames. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Albertina Museum, Vienna, Boston City Art Gallery, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, and at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh.
She has appeared on BBC Two's, 'Oil on Canvas' series and has previously taught Fine Art part-time at Preston Polytechnic and been appointed Junior Fellow at Cardiff College of Art. Redfern has been described as Scotland's foremost expressionist landscape painter. Colin Wiggins, Head of Education at The National Gallery, London said that her paintings "have a richness of colour and an almost hypnotic effect, that makes it difficult to draw oneself away and stop looking at them."