A trip to Rebecca Last’s cabin-studio on Rice Lake offers the art enthusiast an opportunity to explore the fundamental connection between artist, subject and creative process. For over a decade Last has studied her first hand experiences of climatic phenomenon over Rice Lake, producing “abstracted realities in built up painted surfaces of jewelled texture. Applying classical landscape conventions to her semi-automatic style of painting, her work offers technically charged, visceral images of raw, unpredictable moments of environmental beauty“.
Curator Kelly McCray writes “The painter’s evolution from earlier, more literal representations to fierce turbulent chaotic swings of nature offer viewers a rare portrait of a land whose every shift in mood and temperament are captured with the deft handling of the brush,” Edge of Chaos, The Paintings of Rebecca Last
Last has exhibited for over two decades, represented by Edward Day Gallery and Gallery Moos and has taught studio and art history in China and, for Sheridan College in Canada and Italy. Her work has been featured on CBC, in a UN Report on Climate Change, Southern Living Magazine, Canadian House & Home, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, Conde Naste Traveller and recently Cottage Life Magazine’s story on her Rice Lake work.
Change her directions to: 1026 Merrill Rd. Take Cty. Rd. 45 N through Roseneath to Merrill Rd. Turn onto Merrill Rd. towards Rice Lake and continue N. Follow to stop sign and continue straight through. Turn left at laneway #1026 and follow to Cottage #18.
*rustic setting with stairs, unfortunately not wheelchair accessible