Realistic Wildlife & Nature Watercolors 'In Miniature' by Rebecca Latham
About the Artist
The original meaning of the word "miniature", in referring to the classic traditional artform, means to paint very detailed and is not associated with size, smallness, or scale. Often it is referred to as painting “in miniature” in describing traditional miniature painting. As an artist working in that style, she has discussed the topic and studied research of some of the world's leading experts on the subject of miniature painting. Rebecca has also authored numerous articles about the art of miniature for publication. It has been stated that a wall sized work could be painted “in miniature” and in the past there have been a range of sizes of miniature from gigantic to handheld. All of Rebecca's paintings are executed "in miniature".
Growing up in a family drawn to the outdoors, Rebecca has always experienced a closeness to the natural world. With the supportive encouragement of her parents, and finding a talent in art, she chose to focus her future as a painter in her mid teens.
Rebecca's primary goal in her work is to use her work to help the creatures she paints as well as their habitat. She often participates in many wildlife and habitat conservation fundraising events to raise funds and awareness. She spends as much time as possible observing and experiencing the wildlife she paints: "We often take up to 5000 still photographs on a shoot. It is very important that the subject painted is studied from every available angle, as well as it's habits and preferences".
Because of her interest in the biological aspects of wildlife art, her paintings always reflect a personal experience with the species. "For me, the research and fieldwork involved are my favorite, rain or shine. There are many times I have to drag myself back to my studio to paint, as I would much rather spend all of my time outside."
Her style and technique are primarily influenced by her artist family, Karen & Bonnie. After studying many mediums and styles of painting and sculpture, she now works primarily in watercolor using classic Flemish techniques to render her highly detailed paintings after studying with Belgian artist, Carl Brenders.
Rebecca's works range in size from 30" x 40" to 1" x 1" and often are painted on traditional surfaces for miniature painting such as vellum, ivorine (a simulated ivory surface), and board.
The artist is passionate about her art as well as the wildlife that is so predominate in her paintings. She works with organizations for environmental and conservation causes for wildlife, but is also dedicated to the preservation of classic traditional miniature painting and encouraging young artists.
Rebecca has adopted the philosophy of an artist she studied under,
Artist and Naturalist, Robert Bateman - "...'Vive la Difference'...that's what's good about the planet Earth...is that it has variety. Variety is the spice of life. That's what's bad about the trends now on the planet Earth. We're getting this bland "sweetness to the pudding uniformity" all over everything...it's not only boring, it's dangerous..."
She is represented by these fine galleries for her original art: Decoys & Wildlife Gallery (NJ), Whistle Pik Galleries (TX), Moosehorn Galleries (MT), Galleries West Fine Art (WY), Artiques Collection Gallery (MD), Artistic Designs (IN)
The artist and her paintings are inspired by a world filled with the breathtaking beauty of nature that is often missed. Using detailed watercolours, Rebecca brings the viewer into her paintings to experience the inspiration and beauty of every subject. "I am facinated and amazed by what I observe in the outdoors, and often find myself captivated by the creatures that reside there. I strive to include those emotions in my paintings for the viewer to enjoy as well. May you view my paintings as a frozen moment in time to bring you inspiration in the hurried pace of life." - Rebecca Latham
Realistic Wildlife Art & Nature Paintings - wildlife and nature art by the Lathams - a family of award winning painters. Miniatures, original artwork, and prints of wildlife and nature subjects by wildlife artists Karen, Rebecca, and Bonnie Latham.
2008 - International Guild of Realism (IGOR) Membership in the International Guild of Realism is by invitation only. Rebecca and her mother Karen were elected to the society in January, 2008.
2008 - The Allied Artists of America (AAA)
2008 - Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (CLWAC)
2008 - Portrait Society of America (PSOA)
2008 - American Watercolor Society (AWS)
2008 - Untamed Artist Network (UAN) Inviation to join as Core Member of the UAN in April, 2008.
2007 - Miniature Painters Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. (MPSGS) Membership in the Miniature Painters Sculptors & Gravers Society of Washington, D.C. is by invitation only. Rebecca was elected to the society in 2007.
2007 - Cider Painters of America (CPA) Miniature art society based in PA. Membership is by invitation only.
2007 - Hilliard Society of Miniaturists (HS) Rebecca is an elected signature member of the Hilliard Society of Miniaturists.
2005 - The Wildlife Art Society International (TWASI)
2005 - Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS) Rebecca and her family are the first American members of MIWAS.
2004 - British Society of Miniaturists (BSM) Rebecca was elected a full member of the British Society of Miniaturists. She and her Mother Karen are the first "International Members" of the Society.
2003 - Artists for Conservation (AFC) Membership in Artists for Conservation is by invitation only. Rebecca and other artists in her family were elected to the society in 2003.
2002 - Society of Animal Artists (SAA) Rebecca is an elected signature member of the Society of Animal Artists.
1999 - World Federation of Miniaturists (WFM)
1999 - Miniature Art Society of Florida (MASF)