Rebecca Latham

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Rebecca Latham
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Artist, Rebecca Latham
Residence [[State_Name:=Minnesota|Minnesota]], [[Country Name:=United States|US]]
Born
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Occupation Artist, Painter, Art Professional
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Rebecca Latham, (born 1979), is a realist artist and painter based in Minnesota. She is best known for her detailed paintings of wildlife and nature [1] which has become popular worldwide. She is a blogger who communicates directly with viewers on her weblog[2] in which the artist shares her new paintings, news announcements, and articles. Her work has risen in popularity since she began as a teen, her original paintings hanging in private and corporate collections worldwide.

Early Life and Background

Growing up in a family drawn to the outdoors, Rebecca has always experienced a closeness to the natural world. With the supportive encouragement of her parents, and finding a talent in art, she chose to focus her future as a painter in her mid teens. The artist began earning numerous top honors in regional competition. in 1998, Rebecca was awarded runner-up in the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Junior Duck Stamp program and was honored in Washington, D.C. for her achievement at the National Press Club, Smithsonian, Department of the Interior, and other locations as well as having her work included on the national tour.[3]

The artist participated in her first art expo in 2002 at the invitational "Florida Wildlife Exposition" in Lakeland, Florida, where she was awarded "best of show"[4].

Her artworks drew the attention of Thompson-Gale/Sleeping Bear Press when the artist and her mother, Karen Latham, were invited to illustrate the books "V is for Viking; A Minnesota Alphabet" and "World Alphabet" The artists' Minnesota Alphabet book earned the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Non-fiction and placed as a Finalist in the Minnesota Book Awards Children's Non-fiction.

Her rise to popularity as a young artist has brought interviews on the internet[5] as well as in print.

Early on in her career as an artist, Rebecca was reviewed by art market media to have an impact in the future of fine art prints, Generation Next[6] (2000), along with her sister, Bonnie Latham.

She was recognized as a leading woman of her genre by Wildlife Art Magazine in the article "Women Artists Tout Artistic Parity" (2002) along with her family[7]. Her artistic family have been highlighted in international magazines "The Lathams Live, Work, Paint Together" InformArt Magazine (2005) "Like Mother, Like Daughter" Sketchbook Magazine/F&W Publications (2005), and "A 24/7 Family Affair - All in the Family" Wildlife Art Magazine (2008)

In 2007, Rebecca was nominated for inclusion in the British publication, Who's Who in Art[8], by the Hilliard Society of Miniaturists[9].

Wildscape Magazine - "Get Up and Go!" (2006)

The Artist's Works

Researching[10] the history of her genre.

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Support for Conservation

The artist is passionate about her art as well as the wildlife that is so predominate in her paintings. She works with organizations for environmental and conservation causes for wildlife. Rebecca and her family have donated numerous original paintings and prints for auction and raffle to support North American and international conservation organizations, Raptor rehabilitation centers, nature centers, Zoos, the Safari Club International, and wildlife rescue facilities that care for abused animals.

Rebecca has also performed quick draw paintings (pieces painted in minutes or several hours at an event) to raise thousands of dollars for worthy causes as well.

Her paintings have been featured on US and Canadian conservation stamps as well as featured in the Illinois habitat conservation print program and through Ducks Unlimited. She has also been involved with the USFWS Junior Duck Stamp program.

Additionally, just as Rebecca is dedicated to the preservation of wild lands and the wild creatures that depend on the existence of those places for their survival, the artist is also dedicated to the preservation of true traditional miniature painting in all it's forms, a type of art that has been practiced since early writing. The artist and her family, all working 'in miniature' in their painting, work to raise awareness and education of classic miniature art. The artist is also devoted to encouraging young artists.

Collections

Rebecca Latham's paintings art in the collections of The Butler Institute of American Art, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, The Hartford, the Miniature Art Society of Florida Permanent Collection, and one of the leading art exhibitions of the wildlife art genre, NatureWorks.


Honors and awards

In 2004, Rebecca was invited to show her works in the World Federation if Miniaturists Exhibition at the Smithsonian's Ripley Center, Washington, DC[11]

In 2002, Rebecca was elected as a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists. The following year she was elected to the Artists for Conservation (then named The Worldwide Nature Artists Group). In 2008 The artist was invited to join the International Guild of Realism. She is a member of the The Allied Artists of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, The Cecilia Beaux Forum, Portrait Society of America, American Watercolor Society, Untamed Artist Network, Miniature Painters Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C., Hilliard Society of Miniaturists, The Wildlife Art Society International, Marwell International Wildlife Art Society, World Federation of Miniaturists, and Miniature Art Society of Florida.

Galleries online and representatives

Rebecca Latham is represented by Art Agent[12]

Author

In 2007, Rebecca authored numerous web articles about the art of the miniature, "What Is Miniature Art?"[13], "7 tips for artists"[14], and "Texture Dilemma"[15].

Other Artist Facts

Rebecca uses watercolors on a variety of surfaces to create her paintings. The artist's work is influenced by Vermeer, Carl Brenders, and Raymond Harris Ching[16]


References

  1. ^ Latham Studios Official Website; [1] http://www.lathamstudios.com
  2. ^ Rebecca's Official Art Blog; [2]
  3. ^ Artist's Biography; Artists for Conservation website natureartists.com
  4. ^ Miniatures competition
  5. ^ Making a Mark Interview with acclaimed London arts Blogger, Katherine Tyrrell ; [3]
  6. ^ USArt Magazine, Alicia Fredorczak (2000). Six artists poised to have an impact on a maturing print market.
  7. ^ Rebecca Latham's mother, Karen Latham is an artist along with Rebecca's sister, Bonnie Latham; [4]working in the same genre
  8. ^ Who's Who in Art 33rd Edition (2008)
  9. ^ Hilliard Society of Miniaturists, Wells, UK; Rebecca Latham is a Signature Member of the Society art-in-miniature.com
  10. ^ Rebecca's Official Art Blog; [5]
  11. ^ The Third World Exhibition was hosted by the Miniature Painters, Sculptors, & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (the second oldest miniature art society in the world); [6]
  12. ^ Art Licensing; [7]
  13. ^ "What Is Miniature Art?"; [8]
  14. ^ "7 tips for artists"; [9]
  15. ^ "Texture Dilemma"; [10]
  16. ^ NatureWorks Exhibition Catalog biographical sketch(2007)

See also

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