The Liberty Gallery is pleased to welcome our next artist and founder of Art Chowder Magazine, Rebecca Lloyd. Rebecca’s paintings create a sense of calm while simultaneously invigorating your senses. These stunning pieces WILL BE ON DISPLAY IN OUR GRAND STAIRCASE FOR OUR UPCOMING FIRST FRIDAY ARTIST RECEPTION OCTOBER 7TH “FLOOTIE AT THE LIBERTY.” STOP BY AND SEE Rebecca’s work, in addition to over 20 other artists.
We took a few moments to ask Rebecca about her artwork and the creation of Art Chowder Magazine:
Describe your work in 100 words?
I often like to transform and simplify images using a series of flowing lines and color harmonies in order to create a fluid, clean, and unconfined look. The pieces included in this exhibition are a part of my Movement Series and they are inspired by the landscapes of the Palouse region.
What’s your creative background?
For as long as I can remember I have loved to create. I was accepted into my first art exhibition at the age of nine, at the Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Oregon. Since then I have continued to pursue my passion and I have been fortunate to have opportunities to display and sell my work around the world.
What role do you think artists have in society?
I believe it’s an artist’s role to strive to communicate ideas, feeling and emotions effectively through their work. I personally like to visually share a sense of joy and beauty within most of my art. Artists often have the opportunity to help others see and experience things in a new way and therefore, need to be mindful in what they choose to create.
How has your work changed over time?
Tremendously. When I first started painting I did it solely as a personal emotional outlet. Then when people began to show interest in my work I decided to start the journey to find my own style. It wasn’t until I moved to India and had the unique opportunity to paint daily for extended periods, that I truly began to find the styles that now form the foundation for my works.
Do you have a favorite local artist that inspires you?
I am fortunate to be in contact with a tremendous number of local artists. Every time I meet artists and learn more about their art, I can almost always find something to be inspired by. Some artists inspire me with their technical skill, others with their creativity and others with their personal stories. I truly value art, and because of this, I think I have understanding and appreciation for all artists whether emerging or established in their career.
Where do you look for inspiration in creating your work?
I am heavily influenced by what is happening around me. As I look back over my artwork from the past decade it is similar to viewing a visual journal of my life. For example, shortly after my second child was born, I completed a series of children’s paintings, while living in Fiji I found myself inspired to paint the people and landscapes of the country. The one consistent inspiration I have had even from a very early age is that of the human form. I especially love painting female portraits with a strong emphasis on capturing emotions within the eyes.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
I once had a solider share a story of his time spent during war in response to one of my pieces. His interpretation obviously wasn’t my original inspiration, but I felt overwhelmed that he found his own story within my work. I love discovering the reactions of others to my art because it helps me grow and see my work in new ways.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
One surprising job I’ve had was working in the bush of Alaska as substitute teacher. One of my favorite jobs to date was working as a cake decorator for an amazing custom cake studio like the ones you sometimes see featured on television. I also founded the arts magazine, Art Chowder, for which I am still currently employed as the Editor and Creative Director.
What spurred you to create a magazine?
This is a difficult question to answer because like many things in life there is often not just one thing that leads to an event. I would say that some of the primary factors leading to the creation of Art Chowder magazine would be first that I am an artist, and that I understand some of the struggles artists can face when striving to gain authentic exposure. My goal was to create a platform for all artists whether emerging or established to share their work and truly reach their local community and beyond. I saw a need and I hoped that maybe I could fill it. I truly believe art is meant to be seen; shared and enjoyed this was a driving force behind getting this publication off the ground.
Was it initially just you doing all of the work?
Yes. I put out the first two issues and nearly completed the third entirely on my own. Everything from setting up the actual business, to writing stories, taking photographs, interviewing artists, marketing, advertising, and distribution. Not to mention, the complete graphic design and the creative layout necessary to complete the magazine. I also designed the website. It was pretty insane. I was walking about 10 miles on every day that I made deliveries, in addition to commuting back and forth between Pullman, Moscow, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene. It was a huge undertaking.
How did the community respond to the magazine?
I was shocked at what an overwhelming response I received. I actually received regular emails from strangers just writing to say thank you. Shortly after the initial release I was featured in the local business section of the paper. Honestly, it felt surreal, and I think I may have been too busy to even fully absorb it. It made me really happy to know artists were actually gaining real exposure from the magazine and that the community was taking notice. When a stranger contacting me about a piece of my own art that was for sale in the second issue, that was really solidified it. We met up and I sold that piece of art. The moment changed the way I saw what I was doing. I knew first hand it was working. It was a great feeling.
How has the magazine changed since the inclusion of Flootie?
Dean is a great person to be on a team with. His business, Flootie shares many of the same values and visions that I had for Art Chowder. He loves art and he genuinely care about artists. When Dean purchased the magazine some changes where introduced including offering subscriptions along with an increase in the scope of content. Our goal is to continue to improve with each issue. The magazine continues to gain momentum and we are in the final stages of completing our 1stAnniversary issue.