Thursday, March 8, 2012

Instructor Spotlight - Rebecca Crowell

Rebecca Crowell came to us two years ago and quickly became one of our most sought after instructors, each year teaching a sold-out class in Oil and Cold Wax (see our blog post from September).

She is taking this year off from teaching the Cold Wax technique but instead will teach a two day 2-Dimensional Media Critique Workshop on April 28th and 29th. She will be back teaching the Cold Wax technique again in June of 2013.

Rebecca has been an abstract painter for over 25 years since earning an MFA in painting from Arizona State University. Her work has been shown widely in the US as well as internationally, primarily in Ireland where she was a 2011 artist in residence at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre.

Using a kind of "memory mapping", Rebecca creates works which, although visually quite abstract, often still retain faint echoes of landscape and nature - its plant life, earth and rocks. Rugged textures, earthy colors and a feeling of light, open spaces reveal her subliminal interest in the colours, mark-making and abstraction of at least a "memory" of landscape. Her process involves working in layers, cutting, scratching and digging back. She says "The goal in my process is not to render something in paint but to allow the paint to suggest a path through the work as it develops. I remain in charge of what to keep and what to discard, and how to structure and organize the image."

Not only is Rebecca an artist of considerable talent and stature, but she is also a skillful instructor. One of her Oil and Wax students called her "the best teacher she had ever had."  We feel very fortunate to have Rebecca as an instructor and are looking forward to her April class. She is the perfect person to lead a critique workshop that will give students practice in evaluating their own work in a supportive and non-threatening environment.

Find out more about Rebecca and view samples of her work on her website and at her blog. And here's an excellent video in which Rebecca talks about her work and her processes.

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