About The Artist
Artist Bio and Statement
I was born in California near the ocean and have lived in the Bay Area most of my life. I am drawn to the beauty and intricacy expressed in nature. As a child, I loved birds and started drawing them with soft pastels. My grandfather was an artist who painted in oils—huge canvases of flower arrangements, deserts, and wild ocean scenes. He would surprise me with gifts of pastel sets, paints, and paper to get me started. I also loved playing outside in the garden, and started to experiment with seeds and grew my first sunflowers in fifth grade. I was impressed when they passed me in height to over 8 feet tall.
I studied drawing at City College of San Francisco with Fred Berensmeier and Ray Holbert in my early twenties and discovered that learning how to see was the basic skill for visual artists. I worked as a garden designer and horticulturist, “painting” with color, shapes, and texture and fragrance, and began to photograph my sojourns into the wild and beautiful Sierra Nevada. For me, photography is the art of painting with light, and the camera’s shutter a way to freeze an image in time to allow a closer look.
Exhibits and Fairs—Juried
Artisan/Photographer, San Rafael Farmer’s Market, Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael, CA. 2009.
Birdwatch: Artisan’s Gallery, Mill Valley, CA. July, 1996. Juried
Non Juried Open Studios
Marin Open Studios, at Marin Society of Artists, April/May 2022
Marin Arts Council Open Studios: Studio 25 @ Smith Ranch Studios, San Rafael, CA. May, 2007.
BA, Sonoma State University—Environmental Studies and Planning, Honors. Internship: The Nature Conservancy.Teaching Assistant: “Energy, Education and the Environment.”
City College of San Francisco, Visual and fine arts, Ornamental Horticulture. Internship: Strybing Arboretum (now San Francisco Botanical Garden).
Please visit me at rebeccamadrone.com as I am working from my studio in Fairfax, and can arrange to share my portfolio with you
Exhibitions & Press
Marin Open Studios, Smith Ranch Studios #25, San Rafael, CA Photography, 2008
Artisan, Artisans Row @San Rafael Farmers Market. San Rafael, CA. Curated. Photography, 2009
Birdwatch, a themed juried group show. Artisans Gallery, Mill Valley, CA. Photography, 1996
BA, Sonoma State University, Environmental Studies and Planning. Teaching Assistant, Honors.
City College of San Francisco, Visual Art and Horticulture coursework.