"Like Nietzsche, I feel that truly beautiful art is a statement of gratitude
for the privilege of experiencing what has been portrayed."
"Whether I attempt to portray a landscape that moves me, the wondrous nuances of the human form and face, or the miraculous organic shapes and glowing colors of the fruits and vegetables in a still life, I am making a statement of gratitude to have experienced a brush with these natural wonders."
Born in Austin, Texas, Rebecca Neef has been sketching and painting since childhood.
After specializing in portraiture for 15 years, with clients across the USA and in Europe and Canada,
she retired from commissioned work, undertaking an intensive period of study of the human form,
drawing and painting from the live model, both in group sessions and in her studio,
as well as in study with master draughtsmen David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Gregg Kreutz, and Robert Johnson.
Ever in pursuit of excellence, she went on to study with some of the world's top representational oil painters,
including oil painters David Leffel, Sherrie McGraw, Gregg Kreutz, Robert Johnson, Joe Anna Arnett,
as well as pastelists Colleen Howe and Richard McKinley, among others,
She lists among her greatest living influences the artists David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw,
and credits these living masters for changing the way she sees the world and portrays it.
Rebecca Neef is a member of Oil Painters of America, and the Monthaven Art Society.
She lives in the countryside near Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their numerous dogs.
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