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Rebecca Rason Flor Ferreira

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Rebecca Rason Flor Ferreira

Janice
Rebecca working

Artist's Statement

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!

Janice
Rebecca

Biography

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.

Janice
Rebecca

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions in the Uk and Portugal

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.

Collective Exhibitions in the Uk

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.

Collective Exhibitions in Portugal

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.

Create Portugal Network – Collective Exhibitions in Portugal.

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.

Exhibiting with a Gallery

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.

  • Alert

    Alert

    Charcoal on paper.
    Carvão s/papel.
    58.5 x 72cm

  • Mimi

    Mimi

    Charcoal and pastel on paper.
    Carvão e pastel s/papel
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Quietly determined

    Quietly determined

    Charcoal and pastel on paper.
    Carvão e pastel s/ papel.
    33 x 48cm

  • Great Japanese Dog

    Great Japanese Dog

    Charcoal and pastel
    Carvão e pastel
    27 x 18cm

  • Portrait of a Schnauzer

    Portrait of a Schnauzer

    Charcoal & pastel
    Carvão e pastel
    31 x 28cm

  • Portrait of a Pug

    Portrait of a Pug

    Charcoal and pastel
    Carvão e pastel
    18 x 20cm

  • Portuguese horse-rider on a Lusitano horse

    Portuguese horse-rider on a Lusitano horse

    Pencil and wash
    Lápis e água
    21 x 29cm

  • Lucky-Luke

    Lucky-Luke

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    67 x 48cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Bernardo

    Bernardo

    Charcoal on paper
    21x30 cm
    SOLD

  • Portrait in Oil

    Portrait in Oil

    Oil on canvas
    Óleo sobre tela
    25 x 25cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Look at you

    Look at you

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    70 x 50cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Sheik

    Sheik

    Golden-retriever
    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    87 x 72cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Lusitano Study

    Lusitano Study

    Pencil on mount-board
    Lápis sobre passé-partout
    27 x 32cm

  • Jackie

    Jackie

    Jack Russel Terrier
    Oil on canvas
    Óleo sobre tela
    25 x 25cm
    Private collection
    Colecção Privada

  • Bibi

    Bibi

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    37 x 38cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Mimi

    Mimi

    Oil on canvas
    Óleo sobre tela
    29 x 39cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Maggie

    Maggie

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    34.5 x 42cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Valente

    Valente

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    46 x 55cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Branca

    Branca

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    48 x 33cm

  • 1st Prize

    1st Prize

    Bull, Boi
    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    32 x 44cm

  • Portrait of a Great Japanese Dog

    Portrait of a Great Japanese Dog

    Pastel on paper
    Private Collection
    25cm x 30cm

  • Harvey

    Harvey

    Charcoal and pastel on paper
    Private Collection
    50cm x 40cm

  • Detail from Spaniel Portrait, “Jackson”

    Detail from Spaniel Portrait, “Jackson”

    Charcoal on paper
    Private Collection
    42cm w x 30cm h

  • Labrador Portrait, “Boris”

    Labrador Portrait, “Boris””

    Watercolour on paper, framed
    Private Collection
    26.5cm w x 22cm h

  • Study of a Miniature Poodle

    Study of a Miniature Poodle

    Pastel on paper
    18cm w x 24cm h

  • Portrait of Portuguese Podengo “Saffron”

    Portrait of Portuguese Podengo “Saffron”

    Oil on Canvas
    Private Collection
    50 x 50cm

  • Chance

    Chance

    Charcoal and pastel on paper, framed
    40cm w x 32cm h

  • Lusitano Horse ,Golegã, Portugal

    Lusitano Horse ,Golegã, Portugal

    Oil on canvas
    46cm w x 56cm h

  • Auto-Retrato

    Auto-Retrato

    Oil and collage.
    Óleo e colagem s/tela
    30 x 30cm
    Artist's collection
    Coleção da artista

  • Esther

    Esther

    Oil on canvas.
    Oleo s / tela
    30 x 30cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Warm

    Warm

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    30 x 37cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Cornwall

    Cornwall

    Oil on canvas-board
    Óleo sobre tela
    23cm x 23cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Puddles

    Puddles

    Charcoal and pastel on paper
    Carvão e pastel sobre papel
    63 x 47cm

  • Babes in Arms

    Babes in Arms

    Oil on linen & detail in relief
    Óleo sobre linho e detalhe em relevo
    60 x 50cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Siblings

    Siblings

    Manas
    Watercolour on paper
    Aguarela sobre papel
    40 x 45cm
    Private Collection
    Colecção privada

  • ome fly with me

    Come fly with me

    Oil, collage and pen on wood.
    Óleo, colagem e caneta s/madeira
    65 x 60.5cm

  • Still-Life with freesia

    Still-Life with freesia

    Oil on linen.
    Óleo s/linho.
    50 x 40cm

  • Chasing happiness

    Chasing happiness

    Oil, collage and pen on wood.
    Óleo e colagem e caneta s/ madeira.
    35cm diâmetro

  • Miles from Reading

    Miles from Reading

    Oil on linen.
    Óleo s/linho
    50 x 50cm

  • Made in England

    Made in England

    Oil on canvas.
    Óleo sobre tela.
    23 x 30cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Still-Life with eucalyptus and jar

    Still-Life with eucalyptus and jar

    Charcoal and pastel on paper.
    Carvão e pastel s/papel.
    39 x 48.5cm

  • Cerise

    Cerise

    Charcoal and pastel on paper.
    Carvão e pastel s/ papel.
    69.5 x 52.5cm

  • Meadow through the cork trees in Spring

    Meadow through the cork trees in Spring

    Pastel sobre passé-partout.
    Pastel on mount-board.
    35 x 24cm

  • Our chosen walk

    Our chosen walk – “nada grandioso nem sublime”

    Oil on canvas.
    Óleo sobre tela
    80 x 60cm
    Quote “Viagens na minha Terra” by Almeida Garrett
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • A well known view

    A well known view

    Ink and watercolour.
    Tinta-da-china e aguarela.
    30 x 20cm

  • The sound of Swallows over the poppy field

    The sound of Swallows over the poppy field

    Watercolour, collage and pastel.
    Aguarela, colagem e pastel.
    28 x 38cm

  • Dalmation resting

    Summer

    Watercolour and ink.
    Aguarela e tinta- da-china.
    30 x 16cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Looking back I

    Looking back I

    Lino-cut print on paper.
    Linóleo impressão sobre papel.
    10 x 9.5cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Arrival

    Arrival

    Chinnor approach in winter
    Charcoal
    Carvão
    30 x 19cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Botanical Garden

    Botanical Garden

    Oil, ink, collage on canvas
    Óleo, tinta, colagem sobre tela
    80 x 120cm

  • Finding You

    Finding You

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    80 x 60cm

  • Bamboo Arches

    Bamboo Arches

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    92 x 70cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Big Leaf

    Big Leaf

    Charcoal on paper
    Carvão sobre papel
    84 x 114cm

  • Tree Song

    Tree Song

    Oil & collage on canvas
    Óleo e colagem sobre tela
    100 x 130cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • R Blue

    R Blue

    Oil on canvas
    Óleo sobre tela
    120 x 120cm
    Private collection
    Colecção privada

  • Hibiscus Screen Folded

    Hibiscus Screen Folded

    Oil on canvas
    Biombo
    Óleo sobre tela
    45 x 76cm

  • Boat for Sale, Mevagissey

    Boat for Sale, Mevagissey

    Oil on canvas
    Óleo sobre tela
    50 x 30cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  • Passioflora

    Passioflora

    Pastel on paper
    Pastel sobre papel
    80 x 60cm
    Colecção privada.
    Private collection

  •  Into the Sunlight, Wendover Church

    Into the Sunlight, Wendover Church

    Charcoal on paper, framed
    61 x 52cm

  • Breaking through I. Rapeseed fields in Spring, Lewknor

    Breaking through I. Rapeseed fields in Spring, Lewknor

    Pastel on pastelmat paper.
    17 x 12cm

  • A Welcome Return

    A Welcome Return

    Oil on Canvas
    80 x 60cm
    35 x 27cm
    Private collection

  • Magnolia at Savill Garden

    Magnolia at Savill Garden

    Oil on Canvas
    35 x 27cm
    Private collection

  • Balance

    Balance

    Oil on Linen
    60 x 80cm

  • Susan

    Susan

    Oil on Canvas
    54 x 73cm

  • Remember the Music-makers. Inspired by the poem by Arthur O´Shaughnessy “Ode. The Music Makers” 1874

    Remember the Music-makers. Inspired by the poem by Arthur O´Shaughnessy “Ode. The Music Makers” 1874

    Oil on Canvas
    60 x 80cm

  • Snow Glow

    Snow Glow

    Charcoal and Pastel on paper, framed
    54cm w x 65cm h

  • Last Spring in Portugal

    Last Spring in Portugal

    Pastel on paper, framed
    44cm w x 54cm h

  • Totem

    Totem

    Oil, collage, pastel, watercolour on wood.
    Óleo, colagem, pastel, aguarela s/ madeira
    28 x 66cm

  • Canhota

    Canhota

    Watercolour and collage.
    Aguarela e colagem.
    36 x 36cm

  • Interior

    Interior

    Acrylic and pastel on wood.
    Acrílico e pastel s/ Madeira.
    52 x 43cm

  • Sound Garden I

    Sound Garden I

    Acrylic, pastel, collage on canvas.
    Acrílico, pastel, colagem s/ tela.
    25.5 x 25.5cm

  • Sound Garden II

    Sound Garden II

    Acrylic, pastel, collage on canvas.
    Acrílico, pastel, colagem s/ tela.
    25.5 x 25.5cm

  • Tu

    Tu

    Pastel on paper
    Pastel sobre papel
    25 x 30cm

  • Tanguedia III. Astor Piazolla

    Tanguedia III. Astor Piazolla

    Oil, acrylic, ribbon, thread, pigment on canvas
    80 x 60cm

  • Mina´s Tango

    Mina´s Tango

    Oil, acrylic, Indian ink, pastel on canvas
    40 x 50cm

  • Liberdade

    Liberdade

    Oil, collage, acrylic, pastel, ceramic on wood, 60cm w x 67cm h x 3.5cm d, Private Collection.
    Private Collection
    60cm w x 67cm h x 3.5cm d

  • Fantasia

    Fantasia - Inspired by Fantasia in D Minor by Mozart

    Collage, pigment, acrylic, cassette tape, Ink
    60cm w x 38cm h x 3.5cm

Events

Janice

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

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