Santa Fe, NM
Rebecca Tobey believes that, “All things are bound together. All things connect. Whatever we do to this world, we do to ourselves. I try to represent that in my work.” Her stylized animal sculptures in bronze and ceramic reflect her strong connection to the earth. She incorporates layers of sgraffito drawings into the sculptures and cuts holes in the ceramics to create interesting compositions using negative space. The bird and insect life and the vast open space of her rural Santa Fe home fascinate her, and she frequently represents it in her work.
After 33 years in the studio, she finds herself once again exploring new images in both bronze and ceramic. “I am a high energy person, and I enjoy changing direction to explore areas that have interested me for a long time but that I have not taken time to unearth.” Traveling in her camper van into Montana and Wyoming last summer with her new dog Dexter, a 3-year-old rescued Springer Spaniel, brought her new images and ideas that she looks forward to incorporating into her work.
In 2019 she was honored to be awarded the Museum Purchase Award at the Cowgirl Up! show. “The thought that I have a piece in the stellar collection of the Desert Caballeros Western Museum is very humbling.” This is Rebecca’s eighth year at Cowgirl Up! Her work is in numerous public and private collections worldwide. She is currently represented by Beartooth Gallery in Red Lodge, Montana; Exposures Gallery in Sedona, Arizona; Ventana Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico; J Cotter Gallery in Vail, Colorado; and Galerie Vieceli in Cannes, France.