Rebecca Stebbins is an oil painter and art teacher in Carpinteria, California. She paints both outdoors en plein air and in the studio. When she is not painting or teaching she can be found in her garden, buried in books or visiting art museums. Her work is rooted in the traditions of realism and impressionism, which have a deep history in California and in France.
Rebecca began painting in oils in Provence, France, in 2000, studying with Judy Ryan of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. She has studied with prominent artists in Santa Barbara and at the Taos Art Institute, Traverse City Art Center, and at Chateau l'Age Baston in France. She continues to paint in France each year and has been selected for artist residencies there, including at Atelier de la Rose and Bordeneuve.
"Being a painter allows me to explore a life of introspection and discovery. Through painting I want to deepen my understanding of this world. I want to discover and share beauty, to encourage people to care about our natural and artisanal worlds and to understand how precious and fragile they are. I paint the landscapes I love, mostly in California and in France, where I am drawn to the rugged beauty of the coast and the mountains, and to the quality of illumination in certain places and at certain times. I seek the shapes and colors that, when pieced together, tell a story or invoke a sensation. I will always be enchanted by the dance of light on fields of golden grass or the curl of shadow underneath a wave. As long as there is magic to be found in the lightness of the world, there will be value, for me, in painting it."
Painting Scorpion Harbor on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park