Rebecca Lemmon: Leaves & Light

April 7, 2023 – May 21, 2023

“It is my intention for these scenes, now suspended in time, to inspire awe and to encourage reflection on the eternal.”      —Rebecca Lemmon

In her series of paintings Leaves & Light, Rebecca Lemmon presents fleeting encounters with the world of nature, revealing the power of light to transform everyday experiences. Masterfully realized, Lemmon’s work calls attention to the beauty that surrounds us daily. Details that might pass us by in the blink of an eye—a beam of light filtered through the leaves of a tree, the shimmer of sunshine on ripe fruit, or deep shadows amidst lush foliage—are captured for the viewer’s pleasure and contemplation.

These immersive tableaus, featuring all-over compositions with a compressed focal plane, highlight Lemmon’s animated brushwork and richly textured paint surfaces. As our gaze becomes entangled in dense greenery, a dynamic effect occurs between our perception of surface and depth as leaves and fruit seem to project from the surface of the canvas, spilling into the gallery space. In distilling these transient moments, Lemmon strives to create transcendental experiences, delivering us from the mundane into the sublime.

Oranges From the Neighborhood Walk, Oil on Canvas, 2022

The exhibition opening for Leaves & Light will take place on Friday, April 7 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. during St. Augustine’s First Friday Art Walk.

About the Artist

Rebecca Lemmon graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, with a BFA in Fine Arts and BA in Art Education for K-12. There, she pursued her love for painting, the creative process, and confirmed her desire to work in Art Education. After graduation, Lemmon spent the next decade working in her home studio and teaching 9th-12th grade Drawing and Painting at Episcopal School of Jacksonville. She also spent time studying abroad in Italy and Ireland.

In the Fall of 2022, she transitioned from full-time teaching to motherhood. Lemmon continues to paint and sell art from her home studio. Her works have been exhibited at the Jewish Community Alliance, Jacksonville, the Crisp-Ellert Museum, Flagler College, St. Augustine, and the Cummer Museum, Jacksonville.

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About Lightner Local

Created to showcase the extraordinary talents of artists who live in the Northeast and Central Florida regions, Lightner Local is supported by the Benjamin and Jean Troemel Arts Foundation.