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Meet Rebecca Shewmaker

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rebecca Shewmaker.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
My mom enrolled me in private art lessons when I was five years old. During my first lesson, I drew a huge rabbit and have been enthralled with artmaking since that day. I studied art and art history in college, but it took several years of trying out other careers and living in different places before I decided that I wanted to be an artist. With the encouragement of my family, I entered the MFA program at Texas Woman’s University. While at TWU, I was selected for Craighead Green Gallery’s New Texas Talent in 2017. Craighead Green began to sell my work, and I’ve been one of their artists since I graduated. I am very grateful I can make work that I love to make.

Please tell us about your art.
I make landscape paintings using thread and fabric instead of canvas and paint. I call these landscapes thread paintings. I begin by dyeing fabric to create land and sky colors. Then a sewing machine is used to stitch distant trees and grass. I hand embroider additional details and layers using French knots and running stitches. When viewed from across the room, my work resembles a painting, but when seen up close, the textures of the threads and fabric add dimension and depth to work.

The rural landscape near DFW is my subject. I grew up on 300 acres of pasture about 90 miles northeast of Dallas. This area is beautiful to me and full of colors and topography that I associate with my favorite childhood adventures. I enjoy walking through parks and pastures, photographing the scenes I discover. Returning to my studio, I use these photographs to plan future paintings.

I hope people see the beauty of the land in my work. Most people don’t visit North Texas for its scenic views, but it truly is a wonderful place worth cherishing for its natural beauty.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
The hardest lesson is to not fear failures. I’m still working on learning that.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have a solo exhibition at Craighead Green Gallery (1011 Dragon Street, Dallas) January 5th –February 8th. The opening is January 5th, 5-8 pm. Please come and see my work and say hi!

You can also find out what I’m working on by following me on Instagram @rebecca.e.shewmaker.

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