Rebecca Gotesman

Nature has always been a major source of inspiration for me. I love painting on location, and enjoy the challenge of capturing the light and colors of what I see. I take a lot of photos for reference and ideas for when I am back in my studio working on new and larger paintings. I love painting large -- playing with marks and textures of the oil paint. In large works, the paint itself is the subject, along with the idea I am expressing.

I have been an artist my entire life. I received my BFA from Syracuse University and studied in Rome Italy with Tyler School of Art. Over the many years I have been painting, I have learned to work with different mediums – Oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel... I believe it’s good to change mediums as it keeps one fresh. Painting allows me to share special moments and ideas with you, the viewer. Maybe you know and understand what I am expressing, or maybe it’s the first time you are experiencing the subject this way, through my eyes, heart and hands.

5 years ago I moved from the mountains of Vermont to the mountains of North Carolina. In Vermont I raised a family and taught art to all ages in many different settings — from classrooms, to camps and also in hospital settings. I had the privilege of being the Artist in Residence at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. I brought art making to cancer patients and their care givers as part of the Palliative Care team. It was very rewarding and I learned so much about the importance of art and spirit.

I hope you enjoy my art as much as I enjoyed making it!

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