Rebecca Low

was born in the small farming community of Tarkio, Missouri, in 1952. She graduated from Tarkio High School and spent her first two years of college attending DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. After transferring to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, she graduated with a degree in Applied Art with an emphasis in interior design. She practiced interior design in Nebraska and Texas for twenty five years before closing her business  to pursue her artistic career as an artist in metal. Her last major interior design related project was to design and be the general contractor of her new 5000 square foot gallery and studio, and all of the landscaping. The gallery opened July 1, 1998.

In 1993, Rebecca and her dog, Pepper took morning walks and found all kinds of car parts and metal objects lying on the roadside. Wondering what to do with them, Pepper told Rebecca to take a welding course and create a piece of art. She did. What began as a hobby has turned into  her profession. Rebecca owes a great deal of her creativity to both of her Grandmothers.  One was very creative and shared that creativity, while the other taught college level art history and took Rebecca on several learning trips. They both just let Rebecca be Rebecca.

Most of Rebecca’s art is just for fun and rarely philosophical. It tends to either appear off balance (a little like the artist) or it has motion or both. Rebecca will often use wind, water and/or fire to enhance her sculptures. Her works are constructed by using found objects that create an impressionistic style while the use of stainless, copper, aluminum, brass and steel tend to create a more realistic style. Sometimes pieces are left in their natural finish. Others, she paints in high-end automotive paints, because of their depth of color. Some works are powder coated, plated or a combination therof. Most of Rebecca’s sculptures are large, ranging from 3 feet to well over 20 feet. Virtually all of her art is one-of-a-kind and is ideal for either interior or exterior installations and corporate or residential collections.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My art is very diverse. I create what I see. When I look at what many people call junk, I may see all kinds of things – very much like seeing faces or objects or landscapes in the clouds. Empty space is filled when I see it. Then I either take found objects or raw metal or both and often combine them with paint, water, rock, glass, fire or any other material to help me create my vision. My attempt is not to try and control – I let the visions and materials control themselves, my work and me.