6.16.2017

Artist Spotlight: Rebecca Sophie Leigh Portraits from a Bygone Era

One of the topics from Lessons from Madame Chic that I am very passionate about is to seek out the arts. Whatever art form brings you joy, be sure to take time and support it. In many cases, you will have a talented artist in your own family! I am surrounded by many talented artists: my cousin, my sister, my mother-in-law and my sister-in-law, Rebecca, who I am highlighting today.

Rebecca Leigh is a portrait artist who lives in England. Her portraits from a bygone era are simply stunning, as you will see in this post...



Rebecca describes her paintings as modern naive impressionist portrait images which stylishly capture characters from a bygone era.



Rebecca, who is your inspiration?

My Great Grandmother was a successful portrait artist and illustrator for Liberty's and Selfridges in London and she has always been my greatest inspiration on so many levels.
Whilst I have always been interested in art I had not picked up a paintbrush since school, then one day last year I passed an art store in Notting Hill and thought I would give painting a go as I have many creative people embedded firmly into my my family roots so I wanted to explore my creativity...
I have always been fascinated by people and their style... I could sit and watch people for hours!
As I began to paint I felt that I had finally found my passion. It brought on a wave of deep of happiness and contentment immediately.




As a mother of two, how do you find time to paint? What medium do you use?

I paint only when the desire comes to me! I am however more creative when I feel sad or frustrated. I often paint on the kitchen table whilst feeding the children their breakfast. My creativity is sporadic and sometimes I have such a strong urge to paint that I drop what I do and leg it back to the table or my studio. My medium is a mix of French pastels and acrylics and inks and often paint on Tibetan handmade paper ... I sometime dip my brushes into my cups of tea or red wine so I guess tea and wine are part of my medium!



Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite painter is Modigliani and I have always been rather inspired by Cambodian sculptures and 13th century french paintings.



What advice would you give to aspiring artists?

My advice to all artists would be to paint what you observe and feel.



Rebecca carries Royal patronage and is a proud member of the Chelsea Arts Club in London. To contact her for business inquiries, you may reach her at loftten@btinternet.com



Thank you, Rebecca, for sharing your beautiful artwork with us today!

Today, I would love to know... which portrait above is your favorite? Who is your favorite artist? Have a wonderful weekend, Daily Connoisseurs, and I'll see you on Monday!


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9 comments:

Gumbo Lily said...

I love the art of painting, particularly watercolor. I dabble in it. I say I'm playing in paints when I do.

I particularly like the lady in green (#2) because of the water-wash in the face and I like her expression. I'm not sure if she's a little sad or just a very quiet person.

My favorite artist: Mary Cassatt. But I do love so many of the impressionists.

So glad you shared Rebecca's art with us. It's wonderful. ~Jody

bloggerdoodle said...

Stunning, I love the first one. Does she sell her work anywhere?

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Thank you, ladies! Bloggerdoodle, she takes commissions and her email is listed near the end of the post. That is how you may contact her. Thank you!

Patricia said...

My favorite artist is John Singer Sargeant (spelling?). My favorite of Rebecca's is the last, the profile study of what appears to me a "woman of a certain age."
Obviously, Rebecca has a great talent, in my opinion. I, too, enjoyed creating portraiture many years ago. Taking it up again now that I have very few other responsibilities other than my own enjoyable pursuits.

Antonia Smith said...

I love the first portrait... staring at it for a few minutes you know there is a story in that picture. If it was a novel cover I would be drawn to read it.

Stella A said...

They are all wonderful. My favorite is the lady in green. Thank you for highlighting Rebecca. I am also painting and drawing after decades of not picking up a brush or pencil. It is the best therapy.

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AquinoFamily99 said...

These are inspiring!
I love both the first, rosy-red lady and the lady in green with the red hat. They all seem elegantly simple and expressive.
I have always enjoyed the French impressionists and American painters in the 19th century.
They captured a lovely side of life that picks me up. I can appreciate less "happy" art but I love that which makes me smile.
Thanks for another gentle reminder to soak in the arts!

Sarah Woodruff said...

The very first painting, and the man in the bowler hat are both favorites, but they all have a wonderful "feel" about them! I'd adore a print of the pink and red lady for my home.

 
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