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Rising Stars: Meet Rebecca Skelton

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

Hi Rebecca, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
Art and dance have been my twin loves since I can remember. While I enjoyed any kind of physical movement, I realized that I was not blessed with natural grace, so I pursued visual arts instead. I earned an M.F.A. in painting and found paid employment in the publishing industry. After moving to St. Petersburg, I was able to work freelance, continue making my own art, and teach art classes part-time. Over the years I would sporadically take dance/movement classes. Modern, ballet, jazz, belly dance, even yoga and martial arts. When I found Hip Expressions, I was able to steadily study dance. I have been taking mainly belly dance classes with them for about 15 years. My career as a visual artist has slowly gained traction by having my studio in The ArtLofts at Florida CraftArt where it is relatively accessible to the public, but I have retired from teaching except for occasional drawing classes at Morean Arts Center.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has been an uphill slog from the beginning. I am not the most talented, lucky, nor connected person in any category, but I work hard and persevere. My peers seem to think well of my art and I have become accomplished enough in dance to be in our dance troupe Djinn Zoo.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I work in what I would call magical expressionism. It has characteristics of expressionism and magic realism or surrealism. My work includes drawing, painting and sculpture. It is a bit weird, not for everyone, often dark themes. Figures are not normal, symbolism is there if you care to look for it, there is room for viewers to read their own experiences into the imagery.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I like that St. Petersburg is crawling with creative people. Slowly but surely we have attracted actors, musicians/singers, dancers, visual artists, writers and all manner of creatives. What I like least is that there are not enough patrons to support all that is being produced. I fear that we will lose the influx of creatives to places that are more financially supportive.

Contact Info:

  • Email: RebeccaSkeltonArtStudio@gmail.com
  • Website: RebeccaSkelton.com
  • Instagram: RebeccaSkeltonArtStudio
  • Facebook: Rebecca-Skelton-Art

Image Credits
Joseph N. Walles and Rebecca Skelton

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