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Growing up in a family drawn to the outdoors, Rebecca has always experienced a closeness to the natural world. With the supportive encouragement of her
parents, and finding a talent in art, she chose to focus her future as a painter in her mid teens.
Rebeccas primary goal in her work is to use her work to help the creatures she paints as well as their habitat. She participates in numerous wildlife & habitat conservation fundraising events to increase awareness & has generated thousands of dollars for wildlife & conservation through her work. Her paintings have been featured on several conservation/hunting stamps including the 2003 MN wild turkey stamp and the Manitoba conservation stamp. She spends as much time as possible observing & experiencing the wildlife she paints: 'We often take up to 5000 still photographs on a shoot. It is very important that the subject painted is studied from every available angle, as well as its habits & preferences'.
Because of her interest in the biological aspects of wildlife art, her work always reflects a personal experience with the species. 'For me, the research and fieldwork involved are my favorite, rain or shine. There are many times I have to drag myself back to my studio to paint, as I would much rather spend all of my time outside.' Her style & technique are primarily influenced by her artist family, Karen & Bonnie. After studying many mediums & styles of painting and sculpture, she now works primarily in watercolour in a traditional Flemish style. Rebeccas works range in size from 30 x 40 to 1 x 1. She is particularly enjoys painting small & miniature works, 'When painting these small pieces, I am always amazed at how they develop so quickly.'
Rebecca is a member of (TWASI) The Wildlife Art Society International (England/UK/Australia/Italy/Europe), & is a signature member of the (SAA) Society of Animal Artists (USA/New York) as well as several international miniature art societies.; She was also named 'Artist of the Year' by Minnesota Ducks Unlimited for 2006.
Her work has been shown at numerous art exhibitions including:
Arts for the Parks, the Easton Waterfowl Festival, NatureWorks Art Show & Sale, American Art in Miniature - Thomas Gilcrease Museum, Florida Wildlife Exposition, The Wildlife Art Society Internationals (TWASI) Annual International Exhibition (UK), Southern Wildlife Festival (Best of Show 2003), Kentucky National Wildlife Art Exhibit , Bennington Center for the Arts Small Works Show, Impressions of New England, & Art of the Animal Kingdom, Whistle Pik Galleries Christmas Miniature Show, Miller Gallerys Objects of Desire Miniature Exhibition, Galleries West Fine Arts (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) Fall Roundup and Natural Inspirations - a three artist show featuring Rebecca and her family as well as their miniature art exhibition Little Jewels, Horizon Fine Art Gallerys (Jackson Hole, Wyoming) Its A Small World and several three artist shows featuring Rebecca and her family, Decoys & Wildlife Gallerys (Frenchtown, New Jersey - near NYC) Fall Show & Shoot (Guest Artist).
Rebecca has also shown her paintings in several international miniature art exhibitions including:
The Miniature Art Society of Floridas Annual International Show (2003 Best of Show under 35yrs) & Permanent Collection, the World Federation of Miniaturists Third World Exhibition at the Smithsonian\s International Gallery (Washington, D.C.), British Society of Miniaturists Summer Exhibition (Best of Show 2004), Royal Miniature Art Societys
Exhibition in London, The Hilliard Society of Miniaturists Exhibition in England/United Kingdom (Awarded Most Popular Artworks for 2005), The Miniature Art Society of New Jersey Exhibition in New York City, and the Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. Annual International Exhibition (2006 the Manny Sullivan Award for Excellence & Second in Show).