“I am compelled to paint people, as I believe no other subject is more complex, emotive and thought provoking than the human being. I paint realism portraits and figurative works in oils and watercolours, with a focus on capturing the inner person in expression, light play and detail. I start with an expression or a feeling in my subject, and the rest of the painting comes together to compliment and emphasize this. It is important to me that every painting evokes connection between the two subjects, the painted and the viewer, and that this connection goes well beyond canvas, developing more life and complexity in the viewers eye with every viewing, improving with age. I enjoy painting a variety of different peoples, including some from very different cultures to me, however painted in a way that evokes a connection and realization of common ground between subject and viewer. I like to capture warmth and depth in my portraits, to hold the attention of the viewer and tell a message open to their interpretation.”
Rebekah Codlin is a 23 yr old, self-taught contemporary portrait and figurative artist from the Marlborough Sounds New Zealand. Drawing and painting has always been a passion of hers since she can remember, however Rebekah never took art as a subject at school, preferring to develop her style through experimentation.
Being correspondence schooled gave Rebekah the flexibility to practice art, dance and guitar amongst her studies. As a teenager aged 17 she decided to pursue art as her full time career after receiving much success from displaying her works locally. Once Rebekah achieved NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance she started painting full time. Rebekah also ran a non-profit dance school Street Dance Federation for 2 years with her sister in Blenheim, teaching over 85 students in the evenings, and used to teach 40 guitar students once a week.
Rebekahs original paintings have been for sale since July 2013 when Terrace Downs Luxury Resort Christchurch hosted her first solo exhibition. The opening night was a success, resulting in the sale of Rebekah’s first portrait, painted age 17, for $10 000 (Story Time) to an investment buyer. Pictured below:
Rebekah has sold her art works to clients in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, the US, Germany, Canada, New Caledonia, Fiji and Dubai. Brancott Estate invited Rebekah to be their resident artist in November 2012 where she painted live in their restaurant for 4 years. She has since started painting at Highfield Estate restaurant in Blenheim. You can visit her painting there most Saturdays. Rebekah is also an exhibiting artist at The Gallery Havelock, 60 Main rd Havelock.