We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebecca Haines and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebecca, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“You’re here for a reason. The Creator has given you a task. It is not for you to decide. If you are afraid or if you are too small, it is too late.” -Kent Nerburn quoting a Lakota elder (Dan) in “The Wolf at Twilight” The meaning I take from this quote is that I was gifted my particular path for a reason. I was born with the qualities, abilities, and inclinations to create the artwork I do because that is what my role is in the universe. I have felt it strongly all my life. And while I do question many things about life often and can find myself as bewildered and lost as the next person, this role I play in the grand design has always felt solid to me. My connection to wild creatures and the natural world fills me with awe and reverence….and magic! I feel tapped in to something ancient and wise…and I feel like I’m being asked by this source to create the work I do to help others access this part of themselves as well.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I was born to make marks as a way of creating a visual doorway to enter that magical part of ourselves that connects to the great mystery of being alive. I’ve felt this pull to draw since my earliest childhood memories. I used to draw on the inside of my closet walls when I was maybe four or five, with a blue crayon. I can’t remember what those images were now, but there was always a drive within me to draw. After college, I worked in galleries for many years while creating art at the same time. I learned much about the business of art and how it does and doesn’t relate to the creation of art. That experience helped me navigate the necessary, sometimes challenging, but also greatly rewarding relationship of working with galleries once I started painting full time. I have always felt the most “myself” when I am drawing and painting. When the image of a person or animal comes to life through the lines I make and the colors I choose, I feel like an alchemist creating a new life! It is truly extraordinary and magical to feel connected to a lineage of artists throughout all of time, beginning with the cave painters and leading up through the present day. I have attended exhibitions of some of my favorite artist’s work, three in particular that come to mind: a collection of Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, Rick Bartow’s drawings and paintings at the IAIA Museum here in Santa Fe, NM, and Alfonse Mucha’s work at the Mucha Museum in Prague, Czechia. At each of these viewings, I found myself standing in front of individual works and feeling powerfully connected to the people who made those works, as if they were my own ancestors, my own family. I think the strength of my work comes from the strength of my heart connection to those who walked this path before me, to the sacred animals I paint, and to my unquenchable desire to make marks. It also comes from the hours, days, years, decades I have devoted to my profession. I have had to make sacrifices along the way as most of us do, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. My primal motivation for making art is not to sell it. It lies in the making of it…the spirits that come to play with me when I am doing what I was plopped on the planet to do. I hope it keeps selling because that allows me to keep devoting the majority of my time to making it. But even if it were to stop selling one day, I would never stop drawing and painting. It is my breath.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My favorite spots in Santa Fe, NM. La Choza (my favorite Mexican food) Paper Dosa (delicious food from Southern India) Drinks at Rio Chama in the bar, or at La Reina inside historic El Rey Court hotel. Hikes on the mountain on Borrego or Chamisa trails, or up Atalaya…or even walks through the arroyo. Also dinner at The Cowgirl with live music and dancing afterward. LOTS of galleries (over 200) and museums to explore, both down on the historic Santa Fe plaza or up on Canyon Rd. In the summer, free live music on the Bandstand on Santa Fe plaza. Maybe to Site Santa Fe if they have a good exhibit showing. And too many other fun places to mention them all….Santa Fe is awesome.
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While being blessed with parents and teachers who supported my artistic journey, my greatest inspiration to follow this dream came from artists of the past who seemed to whisper to me through the ages and through their work that this…THIS…is what I am meant to do. Feeling that uncanny connection to them from a young age helped fuel my desire to keep drawing, to keep painting, to keep looking at more art. I don’t remember ever seriously considering the making of art as a way to make a living, to make money. I had no role model for that. I just knew it was something I loved and something I seemed to be good at. The marks of da Vinci always inspired and resonated with me…I knew them, I could make them. And when I saw the work of Alfonse Mucha and learned that he was Czech, (I am part Czech) and delved deeper into his images and what they were saying, I was so inspired to find my own story to tell. And I still am. Another great inspiration to me was Native American artist Rick Bartow (Wiyot) whom I had the good fortune of meeting several years ago before he passed. He, as well as da Vinci and Mucha, was a strong drawer as well as painter. They all three mixed their drawing/painting styles in their work and being a drawer myself, I relate to this.
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