I am Rebecca Rye, and after twenty years of art education and working as an art educator, I'm finally pursuing my dream to become a professional artist. This is the work that I love to do – the work I was made to do. It is the most vital and beautiful calling that I know. And while it's been a long road, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It’s becoming something beautiful.
Beauty takes time, it unveils itself slowly. A beautiful painting can still reveal new things to you after forty years – what the artist felt and how they moved the brush across the surface. It took nearly forty years for me to see how influenced I am by the experience of beauty in my childhood. It took having a child to finally recognize the full force of these experiences.
My earliest memories are vast with aesthetic experiences from quiet, rural Michigan: listening to the sounds of my mother’s piano, running through the fields surrounding our home, collecting fallen petals at my grandfather’s flower shop.
Those early years gave me a deep appreciation of beauty and the quietness that comes from slowing down to dwell in it. And for many years after I slowly gained the courage to remain in that quietness, reaching deep inside.
BECOMING something beautiful
Making art for me has always been about the desire to share something beautiful within myself. In the pursuit of my craft, I have often allowed my subject to lead to the medium. I’ve learned the tools and techniques of a sculptor, draftsman, printmaker, and oil painter, but my oldest and most skillful art medium is watercolors.
In 2015, I created a vividly chromatic series of watercolor landscapes along the coast of Maine and the fruit of that first trip has matured and grown into the first series you'll find on this website.
Now, with my husband and two young children, I'm making a life as an
artist from a small town in central Connecticut. I’m here – grateful and
humble to be making art and bringing it you – my collectors and
champions. We’re making something beautiful together.
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