Rebecca Myers Contemporary Landscapes and Multi-Media

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

“Descartes once said, ‘I think therefore I am’. My viewpoint is completely different;  I feel, therefore I am.   I feel spiritually, emotionally, visually, tactually and at times… logically with my body, mind and soul.  I feel the color, shape and texture of objects in my world.  I sense the pain and joy of people around me.  I feel the warmth of a sensitive word or touch, the humor in a person’s actions or voice and the chill of ignorance, prejudice and fear.  I translate these feelings into my art work.  These translations are expressions of who I am and what I perceive to be real.   I feel, I dream, then I create.

 

PERSONAL HISTORY

I have been obsessed with art since I was really young.  Creating things with my hands always kept my interest and was exciting for me.   Sculpting, drawing, painting and doing pottery became avenues for me to express my thoughts and feelings.  My passion evolved with studies of Mesoamerican, Native American and African art.  I became an archaeologist after I graduated with my undergraduate degree in art history.  I continued working in archaeology in the southwest while attending graduate school at ASU.  I wanted to understand where the art of the Native American came from and how it developed.  While working on an excavation of Hohokam artifacts, I contracted Valley Fever Meningitis.  As a side-effect of cisternal spinal taps with chemotherapy for the Valley Fever, I developed hydrocephalus or “water on the brain”.  After this episode, I became legally blind and I realized my life and future had taken a complete change.  I needed desperately to do something to realize my capabilities and improve my life's journey.

The answer was to return to the things that I loved and made me happy.  I began studying different cultures in nature and doing my art again.  I had to make some adaptations, but I found that I still could function independently and create beauty.  I took a side step and became a rehabilitation teacher and counselor for the disabled.  I think I needed to do this at the time to realize that my life still had worth and I did not belong in a closet somewhere.  Through my teaching and counseling of the blind and disabled, I have gained confidence and had a tremendous amount of fun! Now, I am involved with the disabled and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

During this second adventure in my life, I continued to long for the art world again.  I realized I could still do my artwork- perhaps now with a slight twist- but it was still a way I could express my feelings and emotions.  That is how I became involved in teaching art and humanities at a private art school and a community college.  I thoroughly love interacting with my students, introducing them to art they have never experienced. 

Now I am retired from teaching at the college and I am working from my studio in Colorado Springs with painting and handcrafting paper and ceramics. My husband and I recently built a log home outside of La Veta in southern Colorado and I split my time between there and working in my studio in Colorado springs. By doing this, I can fully appreciate and express through my art the beauty of the the gnarled trees, red sandstone rock and mountains of these two divergent ecosystems. This provides hours of inspiration for my art.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

  • BFA Cum Laude in Studio Art and Art History, University of Utah
  • MA in Native American Art History, Arizona State University
  • MTA in Elementary Teaching , Colorado College
  • EdS in Teaching and Counseling, University of Northern Colorado
  • Licensed in School Counseling K-12 and Certified in Reiki and Healing Touch therapies
  • Teacher of studio art and art history with all age levels for over 25 years in public and private facilities in Arizona and Colorado
  • Multimedia artist for over 30 years working with paper making, ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture and collage
  • Juried into prestigious art shows including those in New York , Utah and Colorado
  • Speaker at numerous workshops for state, regional and national conferences related to studio art, art history, anthropology and counseling of youth and disabled
  • Recipient of scholarships and the annual state teaching award conferred by the Colorado Department of Education
  • Adjunct Professor of Humanities and Art History at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs for 14 years. Now retired.
  • Practitioner using various healing modalities during the past five years in spiritual, educational and medical facilities
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