Rebecca is a self-taught artist specializing in photo-realistic portraiture of Arabian horses. Her work exemplifies the character and physical traits of this ancient and distinctive breed. With each new piece, she strives to capture something arresting.
Rebecca’s love for Arabian horses began on the 40-acre working farm in Manitoba that shaped her early years. Before she was born, and lasting into her teenage years, her mother bred and raised flaxen-chestnut Arabian horses, primarily of Crabbet bloodlines. Although the small herd was dispersed when her mom’s career began to require more time and travel, Arabian horses would find their way back into Rebecca’s work late in her college years.
Around 1999, after not having drawn anything for several years, she began to experiment with charcoal pencils, a departure from the graphite pencil she was used to. Copying full-page photos of actors and actresses from magazines, she quickly became comfortable with the medium. She turned to the magazine Arabian Horse World for photos of equine celebrities, and found herself consumed. In 2004, she began to attend local and regional Arabian horse shows to take her own reference photos.
Rebecca currently lives in Western Washington, north of Seattle, where she moved in 2002 to be closer to family. Her travels frequently take her to Arizona, California and British Columbia, so feel free to contact her for in-person visits and photography if you are in any of these areas.