Growing up in Northwest Boise, this neighborhood has always been special to Rebecca and Katie. As adults, they enjoy spending a night out with their friends and family over a glass of wine or beer and delicious food, but this usually meant fighting the downtown crowds.
They asked themselves, why shouldn’t our neighborhood have a great place to spend a nice evening out? Spend an evening out at The Local and discover this amazing part of Boise.
I make introspective self-portraits and intimate portraits of people I know. I use a process to transfer laser print images of photos and past artwork onto wood paneling. The images are then transformed with paint, charcoal, and graphite. I obtained a BFA in Fine Art, Painting, from Arizona State and am a 2019 recipient of an Alexa Rose Grant.
As a child, I doodled constantly in pen and ink; as a teen, I wove tapestries. I was accepted to Rhode Island School of Design in the textile department and quickly transferred to the Illustration Department in order to learn to draw and paint. I’d found my passion. The smell of oil and turpentine, the inviting look of a freshly laid palette, has always stirred my blood and sparked my imagination. To me, there is nothing better than the question “what will I paint today?”
I was represented by Kneeland Gallery (Ketchum, Idaho) for 5 years, followed by Gail Severn Gallery, also in Ketchum, for the following 9 years. I participated in two summers of the Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival and a one man exhibit at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. I moved to Boise in 2006 and decided to detach from the gallery and take a sojourn from painting. Although I had a substantial client base I needed to explore, without thought of sales and exhibits, alternative subjects and styles of painting on my own, I enjoyed painting for myself, using the process to explore a range of feelings I hadn’t processed in paint before.
At this time I worked for the Boise Art Museum as an ‘Art Reach’ instructor, taking art classes to schools without existing art programs. I then sought certification as a Montessori early-childhood educator and worked 2 years in the Montessori school system. After the death of my daughter in 2011 (who’d drowned in the Mississippi at age 19 attempting to save her dog) I felt compelled to get serious in the studio. I could hear her voice urging me to paint again … “Mom, you’re always so happy when you paint.” I then left my job at a Montessori School to pursue painting full time. I gave myself a year and a half to compile a cohesive body of current work to present to galleries and am ready to embark down that road of opportunity again, to have my work seen in a public forum.
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