Rebecca has always had a love of art, but it was after getting a set of watercolour paints and some beautiful brushes from her grandparents for her 11th birthday that she discovered a love of painting, “those powder paints and brushes that we used at school were always so soul destroyingly rubbish!”
However it wasn’t until Rebecca was a mum to her four children and in her 30’s that she decided to look into the possibility making a career out of art. She studied A level Art as an evening class and then went on to take a degree in Illustration at the University of Derby, with the constant support of her husband and family.
After graduating in 2005 she continued to experiment with techniques and develop her work. In 2009 she decided to enter a local open art competition and set out to create a painting that she would herself like to buy. Rebecca always loved children’s books and that along with a love of painting buildings lead her to creating her first ‘birds eye’ painting with a view over Derby. This was accepted into the exhibition and was sold. She was also commissioned to create another personalised version of the painting by another visitor to the exhibition.
Since then she has continued to work in this style, creating paintings of real and imagined places full of characters and fun. Her work has been bought by private collectors and has been shown in group and solo exhibitions. She loves to paint local towns and pretty villages around Derbyshire and capture the character of these places, but living so far from the sea she also has a special appreciation of the sea and everything that comes with it and so particularly enjoys painting coastal scenes.
People and landscapes fascinate her, “I like to not only make people see places they know in a new light but also the people around them. Every time that I walk through a street, there is something interesting and different, it is never the same, not even for a minute.”
Rebecca’s paintings are very time consuming to create as they are created in three separate stages, firstly planning and sketching the layout, then painting and finally using a dip pen and ink she adds the fine details. It takes many hours to complete a painting, but Rebecca says “ I love every minute of it and hopefully people will get the same joy from looking at my paintings that I get from making them”.
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