Rebecca Mooney’s vivid paintings harness the energy and brilliant colour of the Taranaki environment and encourage us to pause and enjoy a different
view or perspective.
She grew up in New Plymouth and did what most young people seemed to do: “leave school – leave New Plymouth.”.She trained as an interior designer
and worked in Wellington as a wallpaper designer before travelling and living overseas. Upon returning to New Zealand she chose her home town New
Plymouth as a place to settle, finding a strong arts community, an easy place to travel from and the landscape inspiring. For the past 19 years she has
focused on her professional art practice. Along with painting Rebecca is proficient in intaglio print making and figure drawing using pastel and charcoal.
Several generations of painters and musicians in her family coupled with Rebecca’s own study of classical music, naturally sees rhythm and the uplifting
qualities of music also playing a major part in her work.
Some of her recent work marks a shift towards the use of organic outline: bold silhouettes contain her characteristic expressive strokes alluding to a
notion of balance between chaos and order. Mooney states that these works are not so much about the shape of the silhouette, but rather about
capturing movement and referencing it into the shape. She says, “The quality of the paintwork IS the subject matter – not the shape itself”.