REBECCA SKELTON

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Lives: St Petersburg, Florida
Hometown: Auburn, Alabama
Medium: Drawing
Rebecca Skelton earned her B.F.A. and M.F.A. in painting from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. She moved to Atlanta in 1979 where she worked in the advertising industry. After moving to St. Petersburg, Florida in 1985, she reestablished her career as an artist and teacher. She has taught art classes for University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg, HCC Ybor, and Eckerd College as well as for the Morean Arts Center, Creative Clay, Youth Arts Corps, and the Dali Museum. Her prize-winning work has been collected, exhibited, and published since 1974 and can be seen in several local galleries. As a volunteer, Ms. Skelton has directed or participated in many community projects and fund-raisers.

“I dreamed I was normal, and then I woke up. My wakening was the realization that I am too old and tired to keep my misfit-ness buried any longer. Events unfolded recently that I choose not to elaborate on other than to say that they are ordinary whining markers achieved by anyone who has lived long enough to become obsolete. On the bright side, it punctured the bag of darkness I hid under my middleclass belly fat. The images reveal themselves as selective observation through the tightly focused and cruel lens of middle-aged disappointment. The drawings are drawn directly from models, but filtered through my current view of my situation and myself.”