We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca V and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, career-wise, where do you want to be in the end?
I want to feel satisfied that I have explored everything creative that I found interesting.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Art transforms. Slowing down to find focus allows space to capture the moment and a snapshot of nature. In a busy world, this challenge is constant but I enjoy capturing images and memories to share stories. I try to find new perspectives and colors brought together in abstract and natural ways. Experimenting with photography formed a basis for composition that led to an interest in abstract painting. I started with acrylics and eventually discovered a love for encaustics. Turning melted pigmented beeswax and resin into colored layers using fire is a visceral experience to textured three-dimensional artwork. It was (and is) a challenge to be creative in a busy world. I find that setting aside dedicated space and time for the creative arts helps make it a priority. Recent adventures delve into videography as I invite the world to look around with a fresh perspective. My goal is to explore, find joy and inspire positive change.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oregon offers many options to explore. Surf or dip your feet into the icy waves along the Oregon Coast. Hunt for agates alongside craggy sea stack rock formations. Glimpse prehistoric times at the John Day fossil beds. Ride sand dunes. Hike through forests up to mountain peaks. Embrace blue waters of the deepest U.S. Lake. Search for waterfalls and hot springs or ski year-round on Mt. Hood. Kite board in Hood River. Enjoy local microbrews or wines along the Columbia Gorge. Introduce new flavors outdoors at food carts or inside with fine dining. Browse at the world’s largest independent bookstore. Ride bikes throughout the city’s green bike lanes or on trails sprinkled around the state. Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Growing up, we were taught how to do things for ourselves. This problem-solving and experimental approach led to creative and practical outcomes. Entrepreneurial parents encouraged us to try new things and supported with our creative and business endeavors ingraining a growth attitude and taste for exploring. My talented sister and brother help and support with encouragement to stretch outside of my comfort zone. My inventive husband actively supports my ventures as we try to set good examples for our very creative kids who continue to amaze us with their artistry. Sharing her expertise to grow a creative business online is my cousin Meagan and I also appreciate lifelong friends who have encouraged me throughout the years. My thanks to everyone who has played a part in inspiring or supporting me.