Rebecca Giles


My artwork explores light’s relationship to color. Although oil painting is my primary medium, I also make monotypes. In many of my still lifes, light passes through translucent objects, making them glow from the inside. In addition to painting on traditional surfaces, I have also begun to paint on lightboxes that I construct. These have plexiglass surfaces and contain tiny low-heat LEDs. When I paint with oils on my plexiglass lightboxes, the light glows through the paintings to create a stunning stained-glass effect.

For me, painting is a way of sharing. I want to share with others an awed appreciation for the small, beautiful things in life. When I notice a line, a shape, a texture, or a color that enthralls me and demands my attention, I reproduce my experience of it in a painting so that others can experience it as I did. I want to share with others the soft, warm, spellbinding marvel of light. Light can transform ordinary objects, giving them extraordinary beauty. As the photographer Trent Parke said, “I am forever chasing light. Light turns the ordinary into the magical.”

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