Inspiration for a piece of work begins with an attraction to an aspect of colour, light, form or design: To express how the sunlight illuminates the petals of a flower, the way a dog’s eyes come alive when it’s alert, or to see a person’s pose communicating silently, drive me to create.
Everyday a new subject may present itself. Therefore, I am open to the depiction of a wide range of subjects and use various methods and mediums in my work. However, I do have preferences:
I like to draw with charcoal, pulling the image out of the paper with a rubber, like a sculptor fashioning a body out of stone. For exploring colour and painting more elaborate compositions, I use Oil paints and enjoy their physical qualities and versatility.
Portraiture can be very rewarding, both from the artwork itself and establishing a relationship with the person or animal in the process. Portraits are always a challenge of technical ability and observation skills to render likeness and personality with success and in deep concentration, I often loose sense of time working to achieve the correct perspective, subtleties of expression, or movement of muscle under fur.
The world of plants and flowers is often where I am inclined to find my inspiration, with countless specimens to paint that show the entire spectrum of colour, incredible design, all eager to be re-created on canvas. Flowers also have an internal strength and resilience that belies their fragile exterior and this I admire greatly.
Working with collage is an intuitive way of expressing my creativity. I use it as a release, by letting the picture dictate how it will evolve putting together the layers and forms until it feels right and satisfies visually.
Whilst these are my preferred subjects and mediums, I also work in watercolour, acrylics, pastels and printmaking and as mentioned above – inspiration can come from anywhere!
Rebecca has been a professional artist since 2003, after gaining her B.A Hons. Degree in Fine Art and Art History, at the University of Gloucestershire in 1998 and has been exhibiting her art in the UK and abroad regularly thereafter.
British born in 1975 and raised in the South of England, Rebecca has lived near Lisbon in Portugal for ten years, returning to Oxfordshire in the autumn of 2014.
Whilst in Portugal, Rebecca began specializing in portraits of dogs, gaining many commissions since that time. In 2011, she founded the network "Create Portugal” for artists living and working in Portugal. Through running Create Portugal, Rebecca has managed a group of artists of various nationalities and artistic styles, organizing and curating collective exhibitions and managing other events for the members in Lisbon and surrounding areas of Portugal.
Since leaving Portugal, Rebecca has been re-establishing herself as an active professional artist in the UK and has become involved with various creative and artistic events, such as exhibiting with Artists and Makers Fairs and becoming a member of the Visual Arts Group and taking part in the Bucks Open Studios event in 2015 and 2016.
In the autumn of 2015 Rebecca established "Chinnor Art Class" where she teaches a weekly art class to the local community.
In the spring of 2016, Rebecca gained a year´s placement and an inspirational opportunity to give weekly art sessions as therapy to clients who attend the “Headway” centre at the Aylesbury Vale branch, a charity which offers support and help to people with acquired brain injury.
In the latter part of 2016, Rebecca will be giving some workshops at the OYAP Trust in Bicester for young people, whilst continuing to provide her art classes locally and produce commissioned portraits.
June 2016 Bucks Open Studios 2016 - Exhibition at 22 Garden City, Thame.
September 2013 Portugal, Pintura, Pastel ~ Padrão, Palavra, Papel - Municipal Art Gallery João Pedro Veiga, Equuspolis in Golegã, Portugal.
August 2005 Florália - Casa do Brasil, Santarém, Portugal.
February 2005 Recent works - Galeria Respública, Santarém, Portugal.
June/ July 2003 Recent works - New Greenham Arts Centre in Newbury.
June 2016 Conflict - Broadway Art Festival 2016, Little Buckland Gallery, Broadway.
April 2016 Brill Art OnThe Hill – Art Fair at Brill School, Brill.
November 2015/ Jan 2016 Deep Crisp Even - Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted.
November 2015 Stand at Village Pop-Up Shop - Chinnor Village Hall, Chinnor.
October 2015 Stand at Artists and Makers Fair - Town Hall, Thame, Oxon.
June 2015 Bucks Open Studios 2015 - exhibiting at A Little Bird Told Me Gallery, Wendover.
May/July 2015 Fanfare, Bucks Open Studios 30th year - County Museum, Aylesbury.
May/June 2015 Draw - Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot.
December 2014 Thame Art Show 2014 - Rotary Club Thame Barns, Thame.
May 2006 Berks Open Studios 2006 - YouTube short film about Rebecca´s work. In collaboration with Greenham Arts Centre & filmed by Afterstage Studio, Portugal.
November 2005 British Contemporary Artists – Woodhay Gallery, Woolton Hill, Newbury.
May 2003 British Contemporary Artists - Woodhay Gallery Woolton Hill Newbury.
May 2003 Berks Open Studios 2003, Insight – Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury
May 2003 Art in the Council Chamber - Town Hall, Newbury, UK.
May 2003 Miscellany - Corn Exchange, Newbury.
2014 Art Hoje. Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes. The National Society of Fine Arts, Lisbon.
40th Anniversary of “25 Abril”. Luso-Brasilian Association for Cultural Integration, Santarém.
March/June 2013 Arte Algarve VII - Arte Algarve Gallery, Lagoa.
May 2012 M.A.L.A collective, José Tagarro Gallery, Cartaxo.
August/ Oct 2010 Cabinet d’Amateur - Sala do Veado, Natural History Museum, Lisbon.
May 2008 O Jardim - Sala do Veado, Natural History Museum, Lisbon.
Dec 2003/Jan 2004 & Nov 2004/Jan 2005 II & III Exposição Caminhos das Artes no Centro - Histórico de Santarém - Casa do Brasil. Santarém.
July 2016 Musicando - Create Portugal exhibition, Zêzere Arts Festival 2016, Ferreira do Zêzere Cultural Centre & Municipal library Dr. António Baião.
July 2014 Sons Visuais - Ferreira do Zêzere Cultural Centre & Municipal library Dr. António Baião.
August 2013 Zêzere Arts Festival - Cultural Centre & Library Dr. Antonio Baião, Ferreira do Zêzere.
June 2013 Affordable Pop-Up Art Show & Soiree - Estoril.
June 2013 10>10 Pop-Up Art exhibition - 1 Rua Visconde da Luz, Cascais.
September/ Oct. 2012 Prisma Lusitano - Bernardo Santareno Municipal Library, Santarém
November/ Dec. 2011 Create Portugal network’s launch - LX Factory, Lisbon.
03/2015 – 08/2015 A Little Bird Told Me Gallery, Wendover, Bucks, UK.
01/2015 on-going Pretty Like Pictures Gallery & Framing Shop, Thame, Oxon, UK.
March 2016, year placement at Headway Aylesbury Vale, giving art workshops as therapy for people with acquired brain injury.
October 2015. Artist and Makers Fair, Sally Evans Events. Town Hall, Thame.
June 2015. Bucks Open Studios 2015. A little Bird Told Me gallery, Wendover. Collective Exhibition.
2015. Draw Collective Exhibition at Cornerstone, Didcot.
"Portugal, pintura, pastel ~ Padrão, palavra, papel" [Portugal, painting, pastel ~ Pattern, Word, papel] In September 2013, Rebecca exhibited 25 artworks in the Municipal Art Gallery João Pedro Veiga, Equuspolis, in a Portuguese town called Golegã. This solo show brought together works from the last 10 years of living in Portugal. The most recent works, “Totem”, “Come fly with me” and “Interior” were all created on wood salvaged from Rebecca’s house restoration, with a desire to create something beautiful from something discarded and broken. Although the exhibition consisted of artworks of very varied subject-matter, there is a thread that links the works together, be it by the use of words and pattern in the composition or by the different combination of techniques used such as collage, pastel or charcoal. /see photos /and movie
"In February 2011 Rebecca founded the network, Create Portugal.This network is for artists living in the central and west (Oeste) regions of Portugal. It aims to bring together artists of any nationality, working in a variety of materials and styles who who are active in the development and promotion of their particular artistic practise and keen to collaborate with other members on projects and events presented by the network or the individual member.Rebecca and other members of the network exhibited together in 2011 at the acclaimed LX Factory in Lisbon and in 2012, the "Prisma Lusitano" exhibition took place at the Sala de Leitura Bernardo Santareno space in Santarém, Portugal. Plans are now underway for Create Portugal events in 2013/2014." /on website /on facebook
May 2008 "O Jardim " Group show. Sala do Veado, Natural History Museum, Lisbon.Painting, drawing and photography, inspired by the Botanical Gardens of the University of Lisbon. /more
May 2006 - Open Studios, live web link showing my studio and film about my work. Organised by the Greenham Arts Centre, Newbury and filmed by Afterstage Studio. “ A directory of Artist’s studios to visit, exhibitions, workshops and arts events in West Berkshire, North Hampshire and the borders of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire. Associated with the Newbury Spring Festival.” “Open Studios is an initiative to explore the visual arts, to inspire and educate and exhibit quality and diversity.”
In 2006 Rebecca successfully opened her studio to the public via an on-line link which took viewers on a virtual tour around her studio in Portugal.Rebecca had joined the Open Studios initiative some years before she moved to Portugal and wanted to maintain her connection with Berkshire and the U.K The web provided the means by which this could happen and Nuno Soares Dias (film maker) and Glen Clarkson (technical administrator) are credited with the technological skill and talent in producing the film and integrating it into the Open Studios Directory and website. /film