Rebecca Last’s paintings play off classical landscape conventions with visceral images of raw, unpredictable moments of environmental beauty. Facing westward across Rice Lake, her Northumberland studio offers a base for observing then translating via visual memory shifting experiences of light and energy over a large body of water.
Her painting "Through Silence" from this series was featured on the cover of SLATE in 2014. Last has lived and worked as Artist in Residence twice at the Hambidge Arts Center in Georgia, USA as well as at the Banff Center, Alberta and in China where she lived and worked as a lecturing artist at Nanjing N. University. In 2008, The Virginia Center for the Arts, USA awarded her a Fellowship.
Last has exhibited for over two decades, represented by Edward Day Gallery and Gallery Moos, she has taught art in Canada and Italy for Sheridan College. Her work has been featured on CBC, and in Southern Living Magazine, Canadian House & Home, The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life, Conde Naste Traveller and most recently a story on the Rice Lake cabin in Cottage Life Magazine.
Studies in Toronto, Vancouver and Italy, earned her an Honours Bachelor of Fine Art, York University and Masters at University of Toronto.