Since earning her MFA in painting from Arizona State University

in 1985, Rebecca Crowell has led a life focused on painting.

When she is not traveling for teaching or for artist residencies

(in such places as the Catalonia region of Spain, northern

Sweden, and coastal areas of Ireland) she works almost daily in

her studios in rural western Wisconsin or in New Mexico. She

draws significant influence from these residencies and travels, as

well as from her surrounding landscape.

 

“Certain kinds of landscapes move me and feel like home to

my soul. They are rugged, wild, and vast places, yet also contain

softness, quiet and mystery. I’ve spent time in places like this in

Ireland, northern Sweden, New Mexico and New Zealand—walking,

exploring, photographing, and simply being alone in the landscape.

Certain moments seem to hold an essence of the place,

and these form especially strong sensory memories. Tapping

back into these memories leads to my abstract vocabulary of

color, texture, line, and shape.

 

Painting satisfies a basic need for me--a channel to my inner

self, a reflection of these meaningful experiences, and a path

to new discoveries. My aim is to achieve structural integrity and

strength through the accumulation of quiet passages and

nuanced surfaces. I build up multiple layers of paint (with additives

including cold wax medium, powdered pigments and sand).

Sometimes the layers are thick and textural, other times they

are thin veils of color. The layers are selectively scratched, eroded

and dissolved, an approach that reflects natural processes of the

rugged places I love.”

Since earning her MFA in painting from Arizona State University

in 1985, Rebecca Crowell has led a life focused on painting.

When she is not traveling for teaching or for artist residencies

(in such places as the Catalonia region of Spain, northern

Sweden, and coastal areas of Ireland) she works almost daily in

her studios in rural western Wisconsin or in New Mexico. She

draws significant influence from these residencies and travels, as

well as from her surrounding landscape.

 

“Certain kinds of landscapes move me and feel like home to

my soul. They are rugged, wild, and vast places, yet also contain

softness, quiet and mystery. I’ve spent time in places like this in

Ireland, northern Sweden, New Mexico and New Zealand—walking,

exploring, photographing, and simply being alone in the landscape.

Certain moments seem to hold an essence of the place,

and these form especially strong sensory memories. Tapping

back into these memories leads to my abstract vocabulary of

color, texture, line, and shape.

 

Painting satisfies a basic need for me--a channel to my inner

self, a reflection of these meaningful experiences, and a path

to new discoveries. My aim is to achieve structural integrity and

strength through the accumulation of quiet passages and

nuanced surfaces. I build up multiple layers of paint (with additives

including cold wax medium, powdered pigments and sand).

Sometimes the layers are thick and textural, other times they

are thin veils of color. The layers are selectively scratched, eroded

and dissolved, an approach that reflects natural processes of the

rugged places I love.”