Rebecca Giles


My paintings are an exploration of light and its relationship to color. In many of my still lifes, light passes through translucent objects, making them appear to glow from the inside. I am fascinated by the textures and tiny details of the inanimate objects that fill the world that I live in, and my work is often very detailed. I am frequently drawn to depict natural objects with delicate and organic lines. I am also fascinated by glowing lights. In addition to painting on paper and canvas, I have recently begun to paint on lightboxes. I build shallow boxes and attach tight rows of tiny LED lights to the inside walls. Mirrors at the back of the boxes reflect the light. I stretch canvas over the front of each box, or I attach a sheet of plexiglass as the front. When I paint with oils on the fronts of the lightboxes, the light glows through the paintings like stained glass, giving the brushstrokes increased visibility. 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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