mixed media paper collage artist
About the Artist
Rebekah Rigsby, Salem, is a mixed media artist who specializes in paper collage, acrylics, and watercolor. Raised in the Silver Creek canyon, her landscapes incorporate the unique colors and fiber patterns of paper and delicately capture some of the most impressive features of the region, including Willamette Valley Wine Country, Silver Falls State Park, and the Columbia River Gorge.
Rebekah has been a member of Lunaria Gallery since 2009 where she shows her work year round. She served on the Salem Art Association Board for six years and continues to volunteer for SAA. Rebekah graduated from Willamette University with a degree in Studio Art and Spanish. She was further mentored and influenced by her father, Tom Allen, who made a successful career of his art and always encouraged the pursuit of doing something that you love.
As the daughter of a professional artist, I grew up in the Willamette Valley art community, experimenting with a variety of media in my father’s studio at an early age. Whether painting, printmaking or sculpting, there was never any question about being an artist. It was only a matter of what kind. Today, my primary interest is two-dimensional mixed media, though I still enjoy several media options. Beyond receiving a BA in Studio Art and Spanish from Willamette University, my continual desire to create is also expressed in a variety of other forms including cooking, gardening and craft projects with my kids.
The quest for unique artistic style is life-long, presenting a clearer path at some times than others. In 2007, after much experimentation, I settled on my current form of mixed media expression. At this time, all of my pieces are paper collage and many include paint (usually acrylic). While the order and manner of application can vary greatly, most of my recent work is focused on extensive layering with paper as the dominant medium and paint playing a supporting role.
In all aspects of life, I find color and texture to be inspirational. By combining the colorful versatility of paint and the fibrous, organic nature of paper, I find ways to translate the inherent qualities of the media into rich images depicting the beautiful Pacific Northwest and beyond.