Oil Paintings On View > Award-winning painter Rebecca Leer’s upcoming show “Ascent: A Perspective on Loss to Transformation” is the culmination of over 15 years and 60 pieces of still lifes, landscapes and seascapes.
The exhibit encapsulates Leer’s journey following the passing of Rob Kelley, the man with whom she had spent 24 years building a life. From the shock of learning of her husband’s pancreatic cancer to the acceptance that the illness had taken his life, Leer’s art explores how grief and loss can transform us.
“One of the hardest things about a loss is not only the event itself, but the loss of all that could have been,” Leer says. “As I was going through all of his belongings, some items were painfully meaningful while others were more incidental characters in a man’s life. Painting these works provided me a portal to healing; I could feel beyond what was directly in front of me to the sacred.”
Leer’s new exhibit, “Ascent – A Perspective on Loss to Transformation,” runs through September 29, 2021 at the Ridgewood Art Institute (New Jersey). The exhibition will raise funds for Lustgarten Foundation, the largest private funder of pancreatic cancer research.
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