I once stood on a balcony, peering out into the green woods, as small puffs of white floated seamlessly through the warm air. I reached my hand out to catch this cotton, this feather, and finally scooped one into my palm. It was a tiny insect, its size the head of a sewing pin. It had red eyes and a white body, with wisps of snow hair sprouting out in all directions. It snuck across my hand before catching the wind and floating off with the rest of its fluffy brethren.

This is why I create.

The world, what we know, what we don’t; all fascinates and inspires me. The patterns on the insides of flowers; the tails of squirrels, the slow fade of leaves in Autumn. The things we learn and question every day and the things we take for granted. The smallest of places, our own bodies, the largest nebulas in the Universe; it’s enough to keep me in wonder until my life ends. As a believer that this life is the only life we live, I choose to take this wonder and mold it into a practice in which I am most comfortable, and one I find most enticing - art.


Figurative but unrealistic; heartwarming yet melancholic, child-like and grown up: these seemingly contrasting ideas embody the illustrations of Rebecca Green. Working in both acrylic and oil paint on wood panel, she layers and glazes her paint in the muted tones of a vintage picture book. Her use of type, pattern and muted colors points to children’s illustration, yet the subject matter is decidedly grown up. She tackles themes of childhood, death, and the vast universe in which we exist, breaking them into recognizable moments.

Green focuses on celebrating the small moments that make up who we are. “In my work”, she explains, “I try to portray the potential good that lies in every one of us, in every single day. I have a fondness for the individual, for those quiet moments”. Rather than sketching and planning, her ideas emerge spontaneously in the creative process.

Rebecca Green earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Kendall College of Art and Design in Illustration, with a focus on painting and drawing. She currently freelance illustrates for a variety of publications, and while her focus is two-dimensional art, she is also interested in sculptural work.



Kendall College of Art and Design, BFA in Illustration, Minor in Graphic Design, Grand Rapids, MI


“Collective”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
"Freshly Considered", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids,

"Everyone in the Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
"Collective Alchemy", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Let's Get Started", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
"Everyone in The Pool", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Lookie Here”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Annual Fall Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“Unusual Suspects”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Hop Skip & a Jump”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Out of the Polar Vortex”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“Go Figure”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI
“__ ISM Show”, Grand Central Art Center, Santa Ana, CA
“Power of Pattern”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Cabin Time II Show”, NICE Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, MI
“Self Titled Release”, Solo Exhibition, St Cecilia Music Center, Grand Rapids, MI
“Old World, New World”, Solo Exhibition, SCA Saugatuck, MI
“300”, Hibbleton Gallery, Fullerton, CA
“Song X”, Los Angeles, CA
“BlueCanvas Launch Event”, Los Angeles, CA

“100 Grand Show”, NICE Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
“We Live”, Solo Exhibition, Gerbens Art Loggia, Grand Rapids, MI
“The Silent Stair”, 2 person show, GreenLion Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
“6 x 6”, Byrneboehm Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
“Transformation” Juried Exhibition, Wellspring Church, Hudsonville, MI
“Free Radical”, Pub 43, Grand Rapids, MI
ArtPrize Group Exhibition, The Spot, Grand Rapids, MI
Nice Gallery Group Exhibition, 1111 Godfrey, Grand Rapids, MI
Art.Downtown Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI
Gallery 1212 Group Exhibition, Lansing, MI
“Face to Face”, 2 person show, Byrneboehm Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
“Clowns Laid Bare”, Gallery 104, Grand Rapids, MI

ArtKudos International Online Art Competition,
“Labor of Line ICON 6”, Gallery Nucleus, Alhambra, CA
82nd Regional Competition, Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts, Federal Building, Grand Rapids, MI
West Michigan Regional Exhibition, Lowell Arts Council, Lowell, MI
Society of Illustrators Student Competition, New York, NY
“A Conscious Benefit”, The DAAC, Grand Rapids, MI

Society of Illustrators Student Competition, New York, NY
“The Bovadine Medley”, Solo Exhibition Sparrows Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI

ActiveSite II, Federal Building, Grand Rapids, MI 


Artist Spotlight, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, MI

EPA Awards for Original Art, Fourth Place

19 Windows Competition, First Place, East Grand Rapids, MI

West Michigan Scholarship Recipient, Ox-Bow Tuition
West Michigan Regional Competition, Fourth Place

UICA Holiday Artists” Market, Most Original Work
UICA NoshNight Slide Wars, People’s Choice Award
Society of Illustrators, Arthur Zankel Scholarship, New York, NY
Midwest Fine Art Finals, First Place, Scholarship Recipient

Grosse Ile Chair-Arty Auction, First Place


25 Year Book, LaFontsee Galleries
BlueCanvas Magazine, January 2012

On-the-Town Magazine, cover artist, April 2011
Revue Magazine, “New Year’s New Artist”

Society of Illustrators, 51st Annual of American Illustration

On-the-Town Magazine, cover artist, October 2009


TinyHand Outbuilding Discourses, Grand Rapids, MI
Cabin Time II, Bogus Lake, Grand Marais, MN

Ox-Bow School of Art, Letterpress, Saugatuck, MI