Interview with Featured Artist Rebecca Wagstaff

By Shelah Miner

wagstaff1The fall issue of Segullah issue will arrive shortly in your mailbox, but we couldn’t resist giving you a preview of the beautiful paintings by Rebecca Wetzel Wagstaff that make this issue a visual feast. I love the way that she uses food and reflective surfaces in her art. Rebecca lives in Tropic, Utah with her husband, artist Clay Wagstaff, and their children. You can find more of her work at Wagstaff Studios. We appreciate the time she took to answer our questions:

How separate are you from your art?

My immediate response is “not at all– there is no division– where would I even draw the line? For me, painting is work I do, but I never think of it as a “job” or as a “career.” It’s something I need to do, and I love to do, and it’s like the natural, obvious work that belongs to me. At the same time, it is curious as I think about it, that I’ve never had a problem parting with most of my paintings, even my favorites, it’s not like they’re my babies. I think it must be because the most important part for me is the actual process of making the paintings.

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