A.P Draw, Paint, Print Senior Spotlight Interview: Rebecca Brown '20

The AP Drawing Portfolio is a high intensive studio course, requiring students to produce art at the college level. Students compile a portfolio of 15-20 original artworks demonstrating mastery in composition, technique, and concept. They pursue the WHY behind their own artistic process and participate in weekly critiques of classmates work, as well as submit completed pieces approximately every two weeks. Be sure to mark your calendar for the Senior AP Art Portfolio Show on the evening of April 24!

Rebecca Brown ’20 has been an art student at Episcopal since enrolling. She consistently has work on display around campus, including the Head of School Gallery, the Library Gallery, Front Office, and in the Berg Gallery semester shows. “Rebecca’s paintings reveal her technical skills in color theory, paint application, and composition. Her paintings feel like lively postcards, drawing the viewer into a world she invites you to enjoy through her eyes. Truly a delight, Rebecca is quite an accomplished artist because of her dedication to hard work, study, and process!” said instructor Rebecca Hoadley.

What is the central idea of your concentration?

My concentration is about wanting to explore the world and admire all its beauty. I want to inspire people to travel the world and learn about new things and see new places and sights and be excited by life.

How does your work demonstrate the exploration of your idea?

My works are all inspired by places I’ve traveled. I love traveling and getting to explore, learn, and see new things I’ve never seen before.

How has the idea evolved over the year?

I started out knowing I wanted to paint nature because it is something I’m passionate about. However, I knew that my concentration had to have a deeper meaning. I started to delve into why I enjoy painting nature so much and I learned it is because of my love of travel, exploration, and adventure.

Can you explain your artistic process?

When I travel, I love to take lots of pictures so that I have a little window of what it was like being there. I choose my favorite pictures with the best colors and compositions to then paint.

Where do you gain inspiration?

I gain my inspiration from outdoorsy and adventurous places that spark learning, exploration, and curiosity.

What do you hope the viewer sees in your artwork?

I hope my art makes the viewer excited and curious. I want them to want to see the images in my paintings in real life. I hope it makes them want to travel and explore the world and share my passion for adventure.

How long have you been making art? And when did you start to feel independent and like you were truly making your own work?

I have been making art ever since I could write. I didn’t start to feel independent in my work until last year when everyone in my art class got to create what they wanted to create. Because of this new independence, I have developed my own painting styles and techniques that are unique to me.