about rebecca barnard
Somerset based artist, Rebecca Barnard, was born in 1961 and has roots in agriculture and arable farming.
Her main interest is the act of painting itself and the marks are instinctive, intuitive and emotional.
There is nothing typical about the method Rebecca uses to create her works. Each piece has its own palette and story and she allows them to evolve and form over time. Paints are often accompanied by various other media such as wax, charcoal, chalk or fused inks.
Both he visual and psychological world provide motivation and inspiration to make marks.
Rebecca exhibits throughout the UK and her work is now in private collections both at home and internationally, including USA, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Egypt. She has been selected for many prestigious exhibitions including the Royal Academy, Royal West of England Academy, The Society of Women Artists and the Mall Galleries.
Rebecca Barnard lives and works in Somerset and, alongside her own practice, is Co-Director of Heritage Courtyard Gallery and Studios in the centre of Wells. She also teaches both oil painting and cold wax technique as part of the educational programme within the space.
“The compulsion to create is not something I can choose to turn on and off. It is an addiction; and one for which I can feel truly blessed. To feel the texture and structure of a weathered object, or see the effects of the forces of our natural world at work, is like hearing a siren call to recreate it using paint and the materials around me. To me, these things are thrilling and when combined with the instinct to make; the whole is irresistible.”