Rebecca Skelton

The making and viewing of art is transformative. It is a spiritual experience even more than an intellectual one.

I work in painting, drawing and sculpture. In painting, I begin my artwork as an experiment with a particular set of colors, or, for sculpture, elements. The goal is to see what sort of expression I can get from the various combinations and the handling of the colors and material itself. The basic result is that much of my work has been nonobjective although it contained suggested forms.

I consider the goal of abstraction to be the most difficult and the pinnacle of the use of art as an visual language. And although much of my art contains figurative elements, I will always consider myself primarily an abstract artist. (Even without seeing defined form, the natural human instinct is to imagine identifiable images.)

My motto: “Fire knows only the laws of fire,” is a quote from my best friend Katherine back in 1968, (spoken under very odd circumstances, but that is another story.) But the idea has had resonance with me all these years. Applied to painting: From the first searching mark placed on a canvas, the painting begins to define itself more and more narrowly until there is no more to discuss. Paint knows only the laws of paint and the image knows only itself as it struggles to emerge. Each is like a willful child growing into an independent image.

Any element behaves only as its particular state of being allows it to behave. And each piece of art demands its own format. The motto also applies to drawing. (Sculpture also knows the laws of physics.) Even though I work from a model, the drawings are all very different. Certain expressions require the color from paint or the limited palette of traditional drawing, while others require three dimensions, or motion/time or interaction. For this reason, my work is varied. Each new piece cries to be its own event.

Rebecca Skelton’s prize-winning work has been collected, exhibited, and published since 1974. She has taught art classes for University of Tampa, St. Petersburg College, USF St. Petersburg, and Eckerd College as well as for the Morean Arts Center, Creative Clay, Youth Arts Corps, and the Dali Museum. Ms. Skelton has donated art, jewelry, and sculpture to raise money for numerous causes including the Salvador Dali Museum, American Stage, Tampa Aids Network, CASA, Family Resources, Family Services and Bayfront Hospital.

Resume & Exhibition Record


M.F.A. Painting, 1977, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

B.F.A. Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, 1974, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Additional study: New York Studio School Drawing Marathon, Spring, 2000 and 2004, New York City, New York


University of Tampa, Tampa, Florida, Adjunct Professor, Spring, 1998 – present: Beginning Design, Beginning Drawing, Advanced Drawing, Figure Drawing, Beginning Painting,

Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida, Adjunct Professor, Spring, 2007-2010;

Beginning Graphic Design

Eckerd College (PEL), Adjunct Professor, Fall, 1999 – Spring, 2001; Fall 2008- present; Painting, Drawing, Independent Study-Design, Thesis chairman & committees

University of South Florida, Bayboro Campus, St. Petersburg, Florida, Adjunct Professor, Fall, 2003, Beginning Graphic Design

St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida, Adjunct Professor, Fall, 1999 – Spring, 2002; Design 1, Drawing 1, Figure Drawing

The Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, Instructor, 1992 – present; Drawing, Painting, Figure Drawing, Art Intro; Florida Teachers Conference painting workshops, and more

Salvador Dali Museum, 1999 – 2006, Surrealist art workshops, Art Games, Recreation Center workshops

Museum of Fine Art, 1998- 2000; Guest artist: painting, drawing

(Art) Volunteers in the Public Schools Program; St. Petersburg High School,

1992 – 1996, Rivera Middle School, 1992

Temporary Faculty, Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phoenix City, Alabama; Art Appreciation, Summer, 1977

Auburn University Art Department, Auburn, Alabama, Graduate Teaching Assistant, 1974 – 1977; Perspective, Beginning Drawing, Figure Drawing, Anatomy, Art Education


1997-present, Freelance Art Director, Tampa Bay area. Designing logos, small brochures, post card invitations, and books (using Quark, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

1986-1997, Florida Trend Magazine, St. Petersburg, Florida, freelance artist, designing advertising sections and promotional materials (using Quark, Photoshop, Illustrator)

1986- 1987 Landers and Partners, St. Petersburg, Florida, freelance, ad production

1983 – 1986, INNOVA/Koepenick International Advertising Agency, Atlanta, Georgia, Art Director/Production Manager; Designed and produced ads and collateral materials for clients such as Chrysler Electronics and Kimberly Clark Technical Papers

1981 – 1983, Cargill, Wilson & Acree Advertising Agency, Atlanta, Georgia, Finished Art Supervisor

1980 – 1981, Body Forum Magazine, Atlanta, Georgia, Designer/Illustrator

1978 – 1980, Alabama Cooperative Extension Service, Auburn, Alabama, Artist, Publications Department


Tampa Review, literary journal, published by University of Tampa,

Fall 2009/Winter, 2010

Florida Humanities, literary journal, published by Eckerd College,

St. Petersburg, Florida, Spring, 2004

A Body of Work; Tampa Bay Artists Interpret the Figure Published by

The Arts Center, St. Petersburg Florida, 2002

Honorable Mention, Las Damas, Sunday in the Arts, Scarfone-Hartley Galleries, 2010

Best in Show, Florida Artists Group, Boca Raton Museum of Art, 2005

Award of Excellence, The Arts Center Members Show, 2005

Chelsea Hotel Collection, New York City, 2001

State of Florida; Permanent Collection, Tallahassee, Florida, 1998

Pinellas County Artist Resource Fund Grant, metal sculpture, 2000


Transformative Marks, Don Vista Cultural Arts Center, St. Pete Beach, July, 2006

Rondo, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, July, 2005

Healing Feeling, Unity Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2006

Muse Gallery, Clearwater, Florida, Fall, 2000

Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Tampa, Florida, ArtsImpact Series, 2000

St. Pete Little Theatre, January, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1998, 1999, 2001


Central Art Show, Studio@620, St. Petersburg, Florida, Spring, 2009

Return to Sender, TEMPUS PROJECTS, Tampa, Florida, Summer, 2011

Cuban Sandwich Show, HCC Gallery Ybor, Tampa, Florida, Summer, 2011

“Artists Choose Artists,” Artful Living, St. Petersburg, Florida, January, 2011

Sketchbook project, Art House Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Winter 2011

Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime, C. Emerson Fine Art, Winter 2011

Figurative Works, Eckerd College, Elliot Gallery; St. Petersburg, Florida, 2009

Alternatives to Violence, Studio@620, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2009

Circle of the Grey Flamingo, [5]art Gallery, Tampa Florida, 2008

Daytona Beach Art League Gallery, Artx5, Fall 2010

Gallery 515, Blake High School, Fall 2010

Figures And Portraits, Alla Prima Gallery, St. Petersburg, Florida, Summer, 2005

Form Within Space, three artist invitational, Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, Georgia, Spring, 2005

Las Damas’ Sunday in the Arts, venues vary, Tampa, Florida, March, 2005-2011

Doorways and Passages, Tampa City Center, Tampa, Florida, Spring/Summer, 2004

The Human Condition, The Florida Holocaust Museum, Summer, 2003

Two Artist Invitational, Lake Wales Art Center Fall, Lake Wales, Florida, 2003

Spring Invitational, Galleries at Salt Creek, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2003

A Body of Work, traveling figurative artwork show, The Arts Center; Eckerd

College Gallery; Galleries at Salt Creek, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2002-2003,

Artlink Project at The Florida Holocaust Museum and at

Florida Craftsman Gallery, Summer, St. Petersburg, Florida, 2002

The Really Big Show, Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa, Florida, May, 2001

Summer Spice, Studio Gallery on Azeele, Tampa, Florida, Summers 1999-2001

The Doll Show, Mahaffy Lobby, St. Petersburg, Florida, March, 1999

3 Artist Show, American Stage Theater, St. Petersburg, Florida, Spring, 1998

3 Artist Show, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, Spring, 1992


University of Tampa, Scarfone-Hartley Galleries, Fall, 1998 – 2010

Eckerd College, Ransom Gallery, Fall, 2010, Winter, 2011

Teachers, St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, Florida, Summer, 2005

St. Petersburg College, Muse Gallery, Clearwater, Florida, Spring, 2001

St. Petersburg College, Leepa-Rattner Museum, Tarpon Springs, Florida,

Winter, 2002,

Florida Art Faculty Show, Melvin Gallery, Florida Southern College,

Lakeland, Florida, Spring, 2001

The Morean Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, Fall, 1992 – 2011

Auburn University, May, 1977


Tempus Gallery, Tampa, Florida, SHIFT, Fall, 2010

Works on Paper, Studio@620, St. Petersburg, Florida, November, 2009

Motion, Project Creo, The Pier, St. Petersburg, Florida, Summer, 2004

Transparency, Project Creo, The Pier, St. Petersburg, Florida, March, 2004

Transitions, Project Creo, The Pier, St. Petersburg, Florida January, 2004

Brave Destiny, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center,

Brooklyn, New York, Fall, 2003

Florida Artists Group, Juried membership shows, 2003-2011, including: Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, Sanibel Island Arts Center, Leepa-Rattner Museum, Tarpon Springs, Boca Raton Museum of Fine Art, St. Augustine, Lake Wales, Indian Rocks Beach, West Palm Beach, St Pete Beach, Florida

Figurative Works, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, Fall, 2001

World Festival of Art on Paper, Fall, 2001, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Cool Art, St. Petersburg, Florida July, 2005-2011

CraftArt, Tampa, Florida, October, 2000-2007

All Florida Juried Fine Art Exhibition, Galleries at Salt Creek,

St. Petersburg, Florida, Fall, 2001

Fairly Lilith, Galleries at Salt Creek, St. Petersburg, Florida, Summer, 2001

National Open, Artists Unlimited, Tampa, Florida, Summer, 1998

All Florida Spring Show, St. Petersburg Center for the Arts

St. Petersburg, Florida, May, 1997

Small Works Show, Sun Tan Arts Center, St. Pete Beach, Florida, August, 1995

34th Bay Annual, Visual Arts Center, Panama City, Florida, September, 1995

All Florida Biennial, Polk Museum of Fine Art, Lakeland, Florida, Spring, 1993

All Florida Show, The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, Florida, Spring, 1993


Citrus County Festival of the Arts, Fall, 2009

Pinellas schools (K-12) show for MainSail, 2006

Georgia Southern University Student Show, Statesboro, Georgia, Spring, 2005

Pinellas County Middle and High School student show,

“Surrealism, Dreams & Fantasy, ”Dali Museum, March, 2005

St. Petersburg College Student Show, Spring, 2004

University of Tampa Student Show, 2002-2005 (panel of jurors)

Hillsborough County High School Art, Scarfone/Hartley Galleries

University of Tampa, 2003, 2004, (panel of judges)

Dali Museum, High School and Middle School Students Sidewalk Chalk,

Spring, 2002

The Arts Center, Word and Image, Middle School Students, Winter 2002

Brandon Art Center, members show, 2002

High School Students, Parkwood Recreational Center, 1996


Las Damas’ Sunday in the Arts, Tampa, Florida, 2005-2011

Family Services Art Auction, 2008

Family Resources Art Auctions, 2006, 2007

Bayfront Hospital Benefit Auction Salt Creek Art Works, 2007

Cirque de Gato; Humane Society, Matthews Gallery, Tampa, Florida, 2004

Painted Cowboy hats musicians benefit for South by Southwest festival, 2004

Hats & Martinis, 2004, Masks & Martinis, 2003, Salvador Dali Museum

Stageworks auction, Tampa Florida, Winter 2004

Much Ado About Art– American Stage, 2003, 2004

Artlink Project for Creative Clay Cultural Arts Center, 2002

Plein Aire St. Petersburg, 2001, 2002

CASA Auction, 2000

Habitat for Humanity Auction, 2001

Breast Cancer Benefit Auction, Decor-8, 2000

Tampa Aids Network Auctions, 1990-99

First Night St. Petersburg, 1998-2005, Artist/volunteer

Suncoast Chamber’s Super Art Auction, June, 1988


St. Petersburg Times, Art: Take Out, July, 2009

At Taco (online reviewer) Spring, Summer, 2011

Tampa Tribune, Two shows, Same Building, June, 2009

St. Petersburg Times, Diversions, May, 2009

Creative Loafing, Creative Band Aid, September, 2008

Creative Loafing, Art at the Top of the Stairs, July, 2007

St. Petersburg Times, Art: Inspired by Experience, August, 2005

Lake Wales New Chief, States of Being, September, 2003