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About me

A little about my background:

I am an abstract artist, currently living in Albuquerque, NM. I’ve spent the last several years working as a graphic designer and technical illustrator and am now working as a full-time artist. I have a Master’s degree in studio art from the University of Minnesota and have also participated in many workshops ranging from painting and drawing to collage. The opportunity to work with other artists in a learning situation is one I greatly value for exploring new ideas and expanding my understanding of art!

A little about my work:

Painting, drawing, and collage are my way of creating visual artifacts. I love old walls and structures that are eroding, showing many layers of history as they dissolve. Their surfaces and underlying architecture reflect the passage of time and a record of things rubbed against them or embedded in them, marks made on them, and of colors and images that once were clear but are now faded or lost. I am captivated by the snippets of information that are revealed.

My approach to art is to build visual patterns on canvas, board, or paper to create a similar experience. I start with a blank surface and add to it until it tells a story. It is an intuitive process, drawing on an elusive stream of images that float through my mind. Sometimes I work deliberately by laying out designs and colors to structure the space on a surface, and other times I start by making marks, adding paint, adding washes, removing paint, removing washes, adding images from magazines or other sources until I feel that the piece has a unique history. It might be a complex arrangement of forms and colors or it may be a diffuse collection of shapes and lines weaving in and out of transparent areas.

I like an element of uncertainty and elusiveness in my art making, so I either clearly draw shapes and lines or I allow them to emerge on their own in color washes and incidental marks. Sometimes I do both or overlap one upon the other.  I typically work on several pieces at a time and treat each one as a puzzle where I have to find the next part that fits.

Beyond the visual experience of creating each piece as it evolves, there is the physical side of brushing paint, smelling paint, dribbling ink, tearing up interesting images I have found, or scrubbing the surface of a piece with paper towels or rags when I want a more ephemeral effect. It is a multi-faceted and intriguing process that never disappoints me.

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  1. January 2, 2016 1:14 pm

    Rebecca, I met you at David Feinberg’s art retreat last October. I like the way you talk about art, which I see as akin to trying to describe magic — slippery and hard to put into words. You manage to do it in a very natural and compelling way, like it’s just a part of who you are. I also love the disctinctive voice and diversity of your art. There is a quiet confidence that comes through both your work and your writing; it’s all very insipring.

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    • January 4, 2016 2:29 pm

      Lisa,
      It’s lovely to hear from you! Thank you so much for your kind words. I have to say that you inspire me…after reading several posts on your blog. Wow! You are an artist and woman of uncommon insight. Thank you for sharing so willingly your art and your process. I am a new subscriber. BTW, the retreat was a great experience for me–glad we met there!

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  2. April 3, 2015 8:14 pm

    Interesting writing and interesting artwork! I will enjoy following your blog. ~Rita

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    • April 4, 2015 3:25 pm

      Rita,

      Thanks so much for checking out my blog. I visited your blog–love your art work. I especially like MARCH THAW. I like oil pastel very much and this piece has a wonderful, dreamy quality!

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      • April 4, 2015 7:01 pm

        Thanks for stopping by Rebecca, and thanks for your kind comments! Glad you like the paintings. ~Rita

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  3. Gary Gima permalink
    February 20, 2011 11:18 am

    Hello Rebecca,
    I am married to an artist who does work very similar to yours, strikingly so =) I’m very impressed with your words and thoughts and ideas… it makes me think about my life as I wonder through it without a tangible aim. I like your drawings, they are very intricate and deep, you have to look at them for while to fully take in all the intricacies.
    Well, better get going, my lovely wife is about to drag me to coffee =)
    Gary

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    • February 20, 2011 2:51 pm

      Thanks for your comments, Gary. How nice that you have an artist in the house. Enjoy your coffee!

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