About Rebekah L. Smith
Antiques have been a part of Rebekah's life from an early age. She grew up surrounded by people who especially appreciate the simple lines and bold colors of early American folk art. She graduated from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh with a degree in graphic design but was dissatisfied with the computerization of the work. It was Rebekah's mother who challenged her to paint in the style of Rufus Porter. She gave her a cupboard to paint on, saying "try it and you can keep it." Rebekah has never stopped painting on old surfaces since. She has studied the Rufus Porter style and Pennsylvania German folk art, both of which continually inspire her work. She also enjoys working on interiors painting murals and stenciling.
A photo of an early example of wool applique inspired her wool work. She repurposes wool and hand-dyes it, using a combination of natural and commercial dyes. Rebekah's passion lies in color and design, both talents well suited for folk art. She and her husband continually work to retore their 1838 house in the Western Reserve of Ohio, along with their three daughters.