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Biography:
Rebecca Bricker-Smith
    When driving through my home town of Lucas, Kansas, a small, rural, farming community, it is quite easy to see why I chose to pursue an art career.  With “The Garden of Eden” located practically in my back yard, a rock garden/gallery next door, and an art center right around the corner, it was obvious that I couldn’t go far without experiencing phenomenal creativity.  Lucas is considered the “Grass Roots Art Capitol” of Kansas.  With encouragement from my family, I realized at a young age that I was not only interested in art but possessed artistic skills as well.  Throughout my high school career I took art classes and earned high honors on my art work. In the fall of 1993, I enrolled at Fort Hays State University, at the time FHSU was one of the top ranked art schools in the nation. I studied art for several years and eventually graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Art Education with a major in drawing and a minor in painting.
     In 2001, I started my first teaching employment at a Catholic School in Hutchinson, Kansas.  I settled into teaching with ease at Trinity Catholic Jr./Sr. High School teaching 7-12 art classes; mean-while attending mass and establishing a great relationship with God.  During my time at Trinity I also started teaching private art lessons to elementary-aged kids. After three wonderful years at Trinity, I met my husband, Cody Smith, and moved to Marysville, Kansas.  I was extremely fortunate to find another wonderful teaching job at Valley Heights Jr./Sr. High School teaching 7-12 art.  Valley Heights is located between the towns of Blue Rapids and Waterville, Ks; about a ten minute drive from Marysville.  I continued to teach private lessons and sit on local art boards where I used my advocacy skills to emphasize the importance of art and culture in a small, rural community.  At the end of 2007 I finished with a Master of Arts degree in Education.
     After struggling to find a teaching job when we moved to Salina in 2010, I decided to try my hand at creating my own artwork.  I have always loved collage/mixed media/altered art and as a self-proclaimed hoarder I realized after the move that I either needed to utilize all the junk I collected or get rid of it.  My collections include mainly vintage items collected from my grandma’s attic, antique stores, thrift shops, garage sales, etc……some of the items include: vintage valentines and other ephemera, vintage toys (smalls), costume jewelry, old keys and hardware, antique silverware, paper dolls, children’s books, vintage fabrics,  old yardsticks-- measuring tapes and rulers, buttons, ribbons, lace…you name it, I collect it!!  I also have an extreme obsession with dolls----I love, love, love dolls and collect them as well!!  So I decided to combine my love of dolls and my love for vintage items and the result is my brand—“Becca’s Dollhouse Art Studio” which includes the series “The Dollhouse Diaries” and “Dollies-by-the-Yard” in which I surround the edges of my originals with vintage yardsticks and my latest series "Dolly Daydreams".   My influences include artists from the past such as Degas, Monet, children's book illustrator Bessie Pease Gutmann, and Hallmark illustrator Betsey Clark as well as modern day contemporary artists such as collage artist Kelly Rae Roberts, Lisa Kaus and illustrator Mary Engelbreit.  When I am not creating artwork or teaching I enjoy decorating my house, resurfacing furniture, sewing and upcycling.  In May of 2011 a dream of mine came true as I embraced the opportunity to help build and be a part of a brand new, cutting edge art gallery located at 115 N. Santa Fe Street in downtown Salina, Ks.  “Studio B. Art Gallery” offers studio rental, a consignment gallery, and art lessons taught by “yours truly”.  (Scribbles and Drips Art Lessons) I not only have a wonderful space in which to sell my artwork and teach art lessons to both young and old, but I am also surrounded by the most amazing artists with whom I cherish.  We are a creative family full of inspiration and support for one another.  Please come check us out if you are ever in the neighborhood.  You can also find my artwork at Encore Antiques and Collectibles/Veez Unlimited in Russell, Ks. ---a cool flea market/antique store that I stumbled upon while junking---searching for treasure!  Stay tuned for another store opening in Hays, Ks which will also exclusively carry "Becca's Dollhouse"artwork and products.  You can view my entire artist portfolio and learn more about me by following my blog: beccasdollhouseartstudio.blogspot.com



My artwork at Studio B.
My artwork at Studio B.
Working in my home studio.
Working in my home studio.