Rebecca Cains RBA, RWA

1968 – 2020

Rebecca was a much loved and much admired member of the RBA and her loss in September 2020 left us all extremely sad – we miss her very much. She had been battling cancer for some time and unfortunately there were no treatment options left to her.

She was one of those people who lit up the space she occupied; she had a vibrant personality, full of life and sparkle, which made her loss even more devastating.

Having originally trained as a dancer, Rebecca had a professional dance career working and touring in both the UK and Europe. However, a knee injury necessitated a change in occupation and she then concentrated on painting, which had always been of parallel interest to her dancing. She was a very talented artist whose work, which often depicted abandoned and wrecked vehicles, was instantly recognisable.

Rebecca was elected a member the RBA in 2018 and served on the Council since that time.  She was also a member of the Royal West of England Academy and her work was exhibited widely, including at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, the New English Art Club, The Discerning Eye and the Institute of Oil Painters. She was awarded 1st prize at the Royal West of England Academy Open
Painting Exhibition 2010 and was runner up at the Lynn Painter Stainers Prize Exhibition in 2011.

Rebecca is a real loss to the art world and to our Society, both as an individual and as a uniquely talented artist. She is sadly missed by her family, friends and all who knew and loved her.

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Rebecca Cains RBA, RWA