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Art Display

April- June 2023
Rebecca Koeppen

After high school, Rebecca attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY for one year. Then Pan America Art School in Manhattan, NY for 2 years and finally spent a year at the Art Institute of Boston.

Her education then took the form of traveling the US in a pick-up truck camper with her husband at the time. Always drawn to America’s places of natural beauty, she lived in the redwood forests of northern California and the mountains outside of Boulder, Colorado before returning to the east coast to live on Cape Cod, start family life and a career as a Wholistic Health professional specializing in Classical Homeopathy, Subconscious Imagery Healing and Dream Analysis, which she continues. Art ended up on the sidelines.

Always feeling called back to the mountains, in 1999 she moved with her husband Gary Wallace and daughter India to Ignacio, Colorado. In January 2005 she was unexpectedly tapped again by the art-muse and has been consumed by pastel painting (a new medium for her) ever since. Her extensive travels and hours spent in the high mountain back-country and red rock canyons of the 4-Corners region yield endless inspiration. Moving water has become a particular area of interest. Sunlight shining on the surface of rivers and streams and shining through onto the colorful rocks below the water is a mysterious beauty. Capturing in a painting the graceful shapes of continually changing fluidity and color-gradients created by changing water depth and the degree of shade or light levels is an endless fascination. She works to translate into a painting the powerful experience of being in the presence of crashing white-water with its airborne droplets lit up like flying jewels. Documenting through art the fragile and endangered water-ways of the American southwest is an accepted challenge.

Each year since she began painting in 2005 she has had work accepted into local and national juried exhibitions where it has received awards. She is a member of the Pastel Society of Colorado and a signature-member of the Pastel Society of New Mexico. Her paintings have been printed as posters for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy and the Durango Chamber of Commerce.

Interested in displaying your art at the library? Email us or call us at 970.884.2222 ext. 1