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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 agricultural painting series.

Rebecca acts as the Business Manager for the Tar River Arts Collaborative and in 2020, she won the Acquisition Award in the Juried Art Show at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center for her painting, "Tobacco Hanging."


Upcoming Events


Private Paint Parties

Ongoing 2022

Reach out for a private paint and sip party!


Paint Your Pet


I plan to offer a paint your pet night in the summer of 2022.  I'm looking forward to begin face to face classes again after Covid!

Child Painting Model Airplane

Art Supply Sponsor

January-February 2022

I am collecting art supplies to be distributed to local children and the elderly through TRAC's "A Heart For Art!"  Reach out if you would like to be a part of it!


Tar River Arts Collaborative

911 Falls Road

Rocky Mount, North Carolina