Artist and poet Rebecca Everett, a Utah native who studied painting at Brigham Young Unviersity with Robert Marshall and Trevor Southey, has lived many places, pursuing artistic activities in each one: in Bavaria, she studied weaving, stained glass and pottery; in England, she began work in photography and printmaking; in Hawaii, she resumed her printmaking studies, including work in relief, drypoint, aquatint, mezzo tint, wood block printing, lithography, cliché verre, photogravure, monoprints, & serigraph; in Maryland, where she and husband Dennis, a Russian linguist, enjoyed restoring historic homes, she explored letterpress, using handmade papers and restoring a circa 1895 Chandler & Price platen letterpress; in Iowa, the couple restored an historic 1855 Italianate manse with a tower and a carriage house studio, and with her sister and brother-in-law, she restored a turn-of-the-century Main Street building in Keokuk, Iowa into LOCK 19 GALLERY, and she also served on the Cultural and Entertainment District board and was instrumental in establishing a new quarterly arts magazine, The Keokuk Confluence.
Everett says her favorite achievement, however, was the commissioned portrait of Hugh W. Nibley, which hangs in the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU, and was also used as the cover art on the Authorized Biography of Hugh Nibley.
Rebecca and her husband returned to Utah in 2011 and settled in Woodland Hills, where she is currently renovating a basement apartment in their home to create a studio.
Her latest passion is foraging richly colored stones and soils, extracting the pigments and making her own paint. New for 2021, she plans to establish a dyer’s garden, with traditional pigment plants, and add extracting pigments from botanical sources, creating inks and lake pigments. Plans are also moving apace to open an online shop, offering pigments, handmade paints, inks, and artworks created with these media, as well as pigment dyed and botanically dyed and printed clothing items in natural fibers, as well as pigment-dyed handmade papers and artists books.
In speaking of the elements of this new direction, Rebecca explains:
“It is as if I have come under some weighty and thrilling spell. All the exquisite gifts of the earth and nature surround us, and offer up magic and poetry. The process of road tripping, hunting, finding, gathering, grinding, levigating, and mulling earth pigments with the binder to make paint completely enchants me. It feels very spiritual to mindfully revere the land of which I partake, and a soothing, grounding, meditative practice to coax the essence from the stone. The resultant pigments are beguiling, and redolent of their beautiful in situ locations. I particularly enjoy annotating and cataloging the pigments, honoring their sources. This practice has kept me sane through this last seven months, since I began in June, and has enriched my days, brought inexplicable joy, and created wonderful unique Christmas presents!”
Every January we check in with Utah artists to see what the new year holds in store for them.