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Featured Artist September 2016
Artist Rebecca Bangs captures the beauty of a moment, by using tiny dots of color to create vibrant depictions of nature. Bangs was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and spent most of her childhood in Tennessee, where she developed a deep love for nature and adventure. She majored in Studio Art at Bard College in upstate NY, and then took drawing and painting courses at UC Extension when she moved to the Bay Area. Her work has been shown recently at The Main Gallery in Redwood City, Keller Williams in San Carlos and during Silicon Valley Open Studios. Bangs is also a member of the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto.
Life is made of tiny moments, little experiments that may seem insignificant when observed individually but together create a beautiful and rich existence. Using simple dots, I like to capture and share these joyful moments of being.
Starting with a photo taken during my hikes or travels I zoom into the small area that provides a composition most inspiring to me for flow and movement. Once my composition is set, it’s all about weaving together different color combinations. About midway through, these paintings will take on lives of their own and the reference photo will be a forgotten memory.
These paintings can look so very different from a distance vs. up close, which many people find both mysterious and fascinating. Often they are surprised the painting is made up of dots, especially if they see the paintings first from a half block away.
While a completed painting for me is one that has a certain intensity about it and color that pulls the eye all around in a beautiful way, a successful painting is one that makes someone tell me how joyful the painting makes them feel. This is the same joy I experience when I find the inspiration, and the same joy I have while painting the piece.
To connect with someone at that basic level is a celebration.
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