Rebecca Carron, contemporary portrait painting, Belgium
Rebecca Carron is a Belgian, Flemish painter, of what she calls ‘fine art with balls’. Emotions, vitality, atmosphere is what her paintings are about. Some paintings and series, such as her cityscapes and some of her landscapes, are more restrained. Most often she tries to find a balance between fine and roughly painted strokes and between subtle and more outspoken colours, no distant or cold approach but paintings that express ‘life’.
Portrait is one of the earliest practised and preferred genres of Carron. She was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1968. She has been keen on drawing and painting ever since her childhood and she started to draw portraits when she was twelve. Nevertheless, she made an ‘economic’ choice in her studies and, as a result, as well in her professional life (languages and communication). As a consequence she has not taken her art seriously for a long time, even though she kept on painting at irregular times. 2004 meant a landmark for her with the oil painting ‘Man met indringende blik’. She was about to leave Norway after a five years stay when she painted it in her little appartment in Oslo. The portrait breathes the approaching farewell. At the same time it sparked off a certain artistic belief in herself.
Back in Belgium some more years needed to pass, when she at the age of forty decided to divide her time structurally otherwise in favour of painting.