Rebecca was educated at the King’s School, Worcester (1991-98) and Pembroke College, Oxford (1999-2002), graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Drawing. She is a qualified teacher; before relocating to Somerset she taught full time at King’s, Worcester, and most recently at Exeter School.
Drawing underpins Rebecca’s working practice, although its implementation often varies in style, media and scale; journeys and site visits are documented in sketchbooks providing the reference and inspiration for subsequent studio work. Experiments with technique and imagery have led her to combine carefully rendered detail and a looser, freer style; a measured perspectival line may abut a wandering inky dribble or a torn edge; splattered pigment might partially obscure a delicate pen stroke, while a utilitarian reinforcement ring or snippet of text may float over a swatch of texture. The contrasting approaches reflect a constant struggle for accurate portrayal while retaining a sense of the spontaneity of on-site drawing. Compositions constructed from strong structural lines and fragmentary forms, perhaps revealed through decay or dereliction, characterise her work, with architectural and anatomical themes predominant. While the busy patchwork nature of recent composite works serves to create a ‘sense of place’, the limited, often largely monochromatic palette, emphasises her use of line as a descriptive device.
Rebecca was awarded the Oxford University prize for Drawing (2002) and the selected work is now part of the Ashmolean Museum’s collection. Alongside exhibitions and studio work, she has undertaken private commissions, and design work, and produced images including for Worcester Cathedral, the Criminology Department and Pembroke College (Oxford), an Anne Frank exhibition, “A History for Today”, and the Somerset County Museum. Exhibitions in recent years include group shows with Gallery 4 Art, with work also shown at Musgrove Park Hospital, Air Gallery (Wells), the Brewhouse, Quartz, at Brendon Books, and a solo show at Temple Methodist Church.