Rebecca Allan is a New York-based visual artist known for her richly layered and chromatically nuanced abstract paintings. Her work investigates watershed environments of the Northeast, Pacific Northwest, New Mexico, the Gulf Coast, Lebanon, France, and Norway, and is inspired by her interest in landscape ecology, botany, and geology.
Allan led a master class in drawing based on works from the Charles E. Burchfield drawing archives that thematically represent “a sense of place.” She demonstrated how she approaches drawing, and participants then drew along with her. Allan also gave feedback on drawings students broughtwith them.
This masterclass was part of a three-day multi-media residency by composer Kaminsky and visual artist Rebecca Allan entitled, The Inspiration Between Music and Art, April 27- 29, 2017. The residency was held in conjunction with the Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West traveling exhibition, on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center thru May 28, 2017. Writer, social activist, and arts aficionado, Mabel Dodge Luhan was renowned for her influence in building communities, supporting artists, and generating a voice for modern art forms. To pass on that spirit to emerging learners, Kaminsky and Allan’s residency was designed to forge creative exchanges between artists and students.