"I am fascinated and amazed by what I observe in nature and often find myself captivated by the creatures that reside there. I strive to include those emotions in my painting."
Growing up in a family drawn to the outdoors, Rebecca Latham has always experienced a closeness to the natural world. With the supportive encouragement of her parents, & finding a talent in art, she chose to focus her future as a painter in her mid teens.
Rebecca's primary goal in her work is to help the creatures she paints as well as their habitat. She participates in numerous wildlife & habitat conservation fundraising events to increase awareness & has generated thousands of dollars for wildlife & conservation through her work.
"We live in a very diverse world filled with unique and precious inhabitants. As a painter, I hope to capture the unique beauty that I see to share it with the viewer, that they may treasure those subjects & desire to protect them as I do."
Her paintings have been featured on several conservation stamps including the 2011 Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp, 2007 & 2009 Illinois Conservation Stamps, 2003 Minnesota Wild Turkey Stamp & the Manitoba Conservation Stamp. She spends as much time as possible observing & experiencing the wildlife she paints: "It is very important that the subject painted is studied from every available angle, as well as it's habits & preferences".
Because of her interest in the biological aspects of wildlife art, her work always reflects a personal experience with the species. "For me, the research and fieldwork involved are my favorite, rain or shine. There are many times I have to drag myself back to my studio to paint, as I would much rather spend all of my time outside."
Additionally, just as Rebecca is dedicated to the preservation of wild lands and the wild creatures that depend on the existence of those places for their survival, the artist is also dedicated to the preservation of true traditional miniature painting in all it's forms, a type of art that has been practiced since early writing.
Her style & technique are primarily influenced by her artist family, Karen & Bonnie. After studying many mediums & styles of painting and sculpture, she now works primarily in watercolor in a traditional Flemish style of working "in miniature". Rebecca's works range in size from 30" x 40" to 1" x 1".