Rebecca here. I’m a painter and a ski bunny who loves Nature in all her fierce beauty.
We are moved to take a photo, inspired to capture a moment. Then these reminders of incredible places and experiences become quickly forgotten in the digital ether and social media algorithms.
I want to bring them back to life for you through substance and texture, in a painting you can be drawn into.
Bringing the outside in, I merge nature, locations, emotions and sensations on canvas, predominantly with acrylic paints and palette knives.
Capturing a moment, the feelings evoked and the wind on your face, I want to remind you of a special time you’ve experienced in nature.
That is why in my paintings I don’t give you all the details, just enough for you to see your own story, journey or memory.
A little bit abstract, a touch of impressionism and a dollop of expressionism.
Moving between these painting forms, sometimes the lines blur, but each painting is grounded in a place or time.
As the name suggests, Impressionism is where an artist gives the impression of what they are seeing.
The idea is to move beyond what you would see if you took out your camera and took a photo. When it works, the artist imbeds more into the image – the warmth of the light, the rustle in the grass, the sadness behind the smile.
Expressionism gives the artist the freedom to distort images or even get rid of the image altogether.
The focus is on conveying feelings and evoking emotions within you. The beauty of this is that I’m not telling you what to feel.
There’s no right or wrong interpretation.
Living in the Perth Hills of Western Australia surrounded by trees, I regularly escape the hot Perth summers and head to Whistler, Canada for the pristine snow, majestic mountains and a complete visual contrast to the beaches, eucalypts and gentle hills of Perth.
Textures fascinate me, so my favourite tools are a palette knife and the thick structure of acrylics. Nature is beautiful in her freedom of creation, so combining the palette knife with thick acrylics provides me with the freedom to let go and avoid constraints of perfectionism and replication.
My ultimate sense of achievement is when I generate a feeling of connection, when you want to reach out and touch the painting. I’ve created a physical connection, not just a visual one, and textures help achieve this.