As a fourth generation artist, Rebecca Proctor brings unique and vibrantly colorful paintings into the art world. She was born in Spanish Fork, Utah and grew up admiring the artwork of her great grandmother and grandma. Her mother, Julie Jeppsen, is a world renowned western wildlife, sporting dog, and cowboy artist with whom Rebecca is following into the art world.
Rebecca grew up drawing ever since she could hold a pencil. Every birthday and Christmas meant new art supplies! She spent all of her free time sketching. She was a typical young girl with an obsession for horses and that is what she drew!
As Rebecca got older she won many awards for her artwork. She went on to college to study art at BYU-Idaho. After taking an 18-month break to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, she returned to college but studied at BYU-Provo in their Studio Arts program. She also worked on her minor in Art History and spent two months in Europe studying the masters. Most of the notes she was supposed to be taking were filled with sketches of Michelangelo sculptures and other classical figures.
After getting married, Rebecca moved to Logan, Utah. She put her brushes down for 8 years while helping her husband get through engineering school and starting her family. She is the mother of two children, ages 3 and 6 years old, and loves being a mom. Once her husband graduated and got settled on a job he turned to Rebecca and said, “It’s time to pick up your brushes again and start painting. It’s my turn to support you.”
Since then Rebecca has been painting any chance she gets. While there were many years Rebecca was self-taught, she has been heavily influenced by many great artists: Carl Rungus, James Reynolds, Bob Kuhn, Jim Norton, and Jason Rich. Her greatest influence and supporter, aside from her husband, is her mother. Rebecca gives her mother credit for giving her all the art talent instead of sharing it with her 4 siblings. She also actively involves her mother in her paintings. She is often calling her mom when she is in the studio to ask questions and talk color, value, and design.
Rebecca is just starting in her art career and loving every minute of it. “I often tell my mom how much I love the struggle of learning to paint.” says Rebecca, “It motivates me to play, experiment, and then scrape it off when an explosion happens. My mom often tells me ‘it’s not precious’ and I take that to heart and do daring things with color and texture that I wouldn’t normally do if I thought I would ruin a painting. I love playing with color! It is endless! And I absolutely love it!”
Rebecca currently resides in the outskirts of Coalville, Utah with her husband, two children, two dogs, three goats, hedgehog, and little pony Pistol. She says, “Living out in the country with my animals inspires me every day. I don’t get the chance to paint every day but just driving down the road and looking at the colors of the grass and trees makes my mind bring up a pallet of colors that I start mixing in my head. Once you’re an artist you’re always an artist.”