Photo of Rebecca taken Feb 2013
Disability: Stills Disease (a very rare severe arthritic condition which is an
autoimmune disease, which I have never grown out of) and indeed not grown very
much since I developed the disease when I was 3 and a half years old.
I live with the ongoing illness, and each day is different. I am the second worse case known.
the disease when I was 3 and a half years old.
All of my joints are deformed and fused (locked, they do not move).
I cannot move my head, it is fused. My fingers do not move much either. I have very limited movement, which is why people that have seen me, and then see my artwork are amazed I can draw anything at all.
This is why I think product tests for ease of use for people with disabilities is important and why i think my tests are unique and helpful to others (I hope) :-)
During my young life, I was constantly in and out of hospital, and was in (Great
Ormond Street Childrens Hospital for 5 solid months when I was 5 years old, to have a spinal fusion, Great Ormond Street Childrens Hospital were the only hospital willing to touch me, and to perform the operation because I was so ill, no one else was willing to take the risk.
Now that I am not in so much pain, I am able to do something that I want to do, and that I am in control of. - CREATE !!! :-D
colour and fun will be found in my paintings and illustrations, with a style that is unique and individual - recognised in every piece created.
watercolours, inks, pencils, graphite, acrylic, gouache, Nitram Charcoal, are all used to create my works.
My works are mainly for young readers, but older readers will also find them suitable.
I started painting and illustrating everyday, all day, 10 years ago.
I moved to France with my family; the end of 2003.
I Started product testing in around 2011/2012 but now I have a website dedicated to my tests - www.critiquesandtests.weebly.com
For the years 2011-2012
Companies that have sent me samples of their products to see how they could be of Benefit to me before I became a reviewer, are as follows in no particular order:
Winsor & Newton, Diamine Inks, Faber Castell, Lyra, ProColour, Strathmore,
Schmincke, Pébéo, Canson, Nitram charcoal , Hahnemühle France / Moulin du Coq
sarl, Coates charcoal , Zest-Il, Ara Acrylic Paint, PanPastel , Derwent Pencils,
Letraset, Daler Rowney, Giotto (a Fila Group,) Old Holland, Search Press The Society For All Artists (The SAA). La Magie Des Couleurs, Enjoy-Able Living Ltd -
(www.enjoy-able.co.uk), The PROBAT range courtesy of www.domus-materiaux.fr
www.les-materiaux-verts.fr, The house of Pastels (la maison du pastel) = http://www.lamaisondupastel.com/
Brusho paint powders by Colour Craft Ltd http://www.colourcraftltd.com
Recent Sponsors of my Artwork - 2012
Clairefonatine - sent me at least 1050 sheets of A4 drawing paper 180gsm and 300gsm universal smooth white paper in Jan/Feb 2012
2013 products sent to me for reviewing and testing:
The Dorset Charcoal Co. - www.dorsetcharcoal.co.uk
Hahnemühle France / Moulin du Coq - www.hahnemuehle.com
Paperblanks - One A4 big hardback lined French Ornate sketchbook
Schmincke - set of 8, 60ml tubes of PRIMAcryl acrylic paints, 1lt Gesso and a plastic suitcase of Aero Inks
My Online Artwork
I am also here I think……. http://rebeccalouisesaunders.artician.com/
I am also here: spooks-art
Steadtler UK have a gallery and my artwork is there too.
I am also on Redbubble.com
And now I have a portfolio on crevado
I am an unknown prolific painter of everything – my favourites being Acrylics, watercolours, inks, oil pastels, charcoal. I am not happy about oil paint, because it takes too long to dry, and the mediums can be dangerous.
Articles and places Rebecca Features in:
Nitram Charcoal Newsletter - Article
Artist papers (Strathmore) - Article
That Picture Card Site - Website
Inspired Primate - Article
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