Rebecca Watkins

lived in Panama and Indiana before finally settling down in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1998.  As a little girl, she recalls her excitement going straight to the inside cover of a new coloring book, just so she could draw her own picture on the blank page.  Her love for art blossomed as she took drawing and painting classes throughout high school in Indianapolis, Indiana.  In college, she added a studio art minor to her Spanish and education degrees from Wake Forest University (B.A.) and NC State (M.S.A.). 


As a former Spanish teacher who traveled throughout the world, she was inspired by the bright and bold colors of Latin American artists and artisans.  That inspiration can be seen in the bright colors and bold brush strokes she often uses in her oil and acrylic paintings.  Her paintings can be described as contemporary impressionism, but she isn’t afraid to mix styles, techniques, and try new mediums as she continues to play with color and brushwork.  She is best recognized, though, for her fun-loving pet portraits and her colorful landscape oil paintings.

Rebecca most recently won the Acquisition Award in the 2020 Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center for her painting, "Tobacco Hanging."


Upcoming Events


Grab and Go Art

Summer 2020

Grab and Go Art Kits for your own paint at home fun are available at Bel Air Art Center.

Cost:  $25-$35

Paint Your Pet

Spring 2021

I plan to offer a paint your pet night in the spring of 2021.  If we can safely get together sooner, I will plan to move it to the fall!

Kids Art Camp

Summer 2021

Due to Covid-19, I will not be able to offer art camp this summer.  I hope to offer it next summer!


$25-$35 kits

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