Rebecca was introduced to Ruth Heller patterns by a good friend who was her support worker. Coloring these patterns are calming and she will work on them for hours at a time. Her Aunt Emmy, who is also an artist in Alpine, TX was impressed and suggest that she frame the patterns and sell them. Her first Artwalk, she sold 23! This encouraged us to follow her dream of opening her own Art Studio. Through a grant from the Department of Aging and Rehabilitation (DARS), Rebecca opened Livin My Dreams Art Studio and Co-op. She soon had 3 other artists with disabilities who joined the co-op.
Ruben Pena, another artist in Alpine, came by and encouraged Rebecca to collage her patterns.
These collages are striking. You can purchase these collages as framed art, or as stationary cards.
JR Smith, a local Alpine Artist taught Rebecca how to watercolor paint. They started out working on creating her own patterns, but soon moved into real life watercolor. Rebecca enjoyed painting the local beauty – cactus, sunsets and cowboys with their horses. She truly inspires us with her dedication to her dream of being an artist!
Joyce Holman Page, her mom and manager, has begun copying Rebecca’s pictures to reproduce them on posters, stationary cards, t-shirts and mugs. We have produced commemorative posters for Art Walk and the NDSC 2013 National Conference. Last year, we produced our first Christmas Cards! This year, we have produced our first Inspiration cards, and Christian Inspiration cards called “I Believe”
Cards inspired by Rebecca who can be heard saying “I believe…” about lots of things! Thank You cards, and New Baby (disabled) Cards are also available along with our Christmas Cards! Check out the store to see the items we currently have in stock.
Rebecca was asked to design and create pots for a local Alpine cactus distributor. She really enjoyed doing this and you may see more of this in the future.
In 2015, Rebecca developed an eye disease called Keratoconus, which limited her abilities to paint. Since her passion has always been patterns, she went back to the Ruth Heller books that she knows so well. She still enjoys coloring the patterns and collaging them together to make large art pieces. Rebecca’s latest project has been making her own patterns and has published her first two coloring books!!! Patterns with Hearts and Patterns with Shapes.
In 2016, Rebecca and Joyce moved back to Idaho where Rebecca grew up. With the help of wonderful support workers, Rebecca has been able to be more active which includes building her business again. With the help of Julie Elliott, she has been able to publish a third coloring book, Christmas Patterns. They can be found on the weekends at Bazaars selling coloring books, and greeting cards.