Rebecca Marais

Contact Information Axminster drawing, mixed media, painting East Devon

Rebecca Marais Bio

After living in rural Kenya for 11 years -where I worked with Maasai artisans developing beadwork enterprise- I moved back to Devon and continue my work as a painter.

I completed a Fine Art degree at Cardiff School of Art in 1989 and have mainly exhibited work in South Africa and the Uk including the Welsh Arts Council and the South Bank Centre London.

I use a variety of mediums in my work-from acrylic and oils to gold leaf and collage on stretched canvas or board.

I often look at the everyday things I find around me and paint something of what i see, finding significance and whimsical wonder in the ordinary.
Other times I begin a painting by spontaneously putting paint on the canvas -I love colour and texture and delight in playful mark making.
The process of painting is a joy in and of itself.
I might start with nothing much in mind but as I spend time looking at the colours and marks that I've put on the canvas, I will often see a glimpse of something that I then pull out of the paint. Meaning and metaphor come from this place of looking -whether I am looking at an ordinary object in front of me or simply the paint on a canvas.

Rebecca Marais Work