Meet Rebecca

My Journey as an Artist, Rebecca Pontius

Who Was I Before I Became An Artist An Entrepreneur?

Before this art journey, I worked in helping professions – human services and most recently as a Registered Nurse. I have always been a patron of the arts. I am 55 years old and have been happily married for the past 30 years.

I live in Medford, Massachusetts with my husband, greyhound, and cat.

Look for my future blogs where I will continue to describe my journey. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

My journey as an artist began August 2020. One day on a family vacation, I picked up some markers and paper and drew the scene across the street. I was given some ideas on technique from the young adults who were vacationing with me. Here’s my first piece:

My first artwork – markers and paper – I called it The Sky is Falling. I gave it to my 6 year old grand nephew, who added some of the flowers and birds.

I thought “Hey, this is kind of good.” I received feedback of this kind from others and I began to feel emboldened to try other things. I would see something and say “Can I draw that?” I found that I was looking at the details of the subject and seeing things I never saw before.

Salt Marsh, colored pencil on paper.

Then I started to learn about other mediums beyond colored pencils and markers. I fell in love quickly with oil pastels. I watched brief You Tube videos. I also got some assistance about what to buy from the sales people at the art store.

Herb Garden In August. One of my first oil pastel pieces. I used a lesser quality oil pastel.

Then I started to learn about other mediums beyond colored pencils and markers. I fell in love quickly with oil pastels. I watched brief You Tube videos. I also got some assistance about what to buy from the sales people at the art store.

My first sold piece!

Having sold my first piece of artwork, with only one month as an artist, thrilled me to no end! I felt so validated!

I became emboldened and started to branch out in my efforts to sell my artwork. I created an Etsy shop. I sold my first piece on Etsy in 7 days!

Marblehead Harbor, oil pastel on paper. My first Etsy sale! I was over the moon!