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Rebecca Clark

Fox and Persimmon

a delicate, realistic drawing of a grayscale fox eyeing orange persimmons, isolated on a white background
graphite and colored pencil on paper, 7½″ × 22″, 2019

Sparrow and Rose

a delicate, realistic drawing of a grayscale sparrow on colored rose bush foliage, isolated on a white background
graphite and colored pencil on paper, 7½″ × 22″, 2019

I make drawings of the natural world, transient moments of grace and beauty in an age of disappearance. Inspired by plant and animal studies of the Northern Renaissance, Netherlandish devotional panel paintings, and nature mysticism as expressed through various forms of art, music, poetry and prose, my art acknowledges interconnectedness in nature and our loss of connection with the sacred.

Our planet is broken because we’ve lost relationship with the earth, with our soul. My drawings serve as more than intimate portraits; they are testaments to lives lived. They are memento mori, reminders in this age of ecocide that humans cannot live detached from nature. May these quiet drawings remind us of our place on this planet and awaken our consciousness to the cosmos of which we are a part.


Rebecca Clark is a Maryland artist whose quietly detailed pencil drawings reflect the sacredness of nature and the interconnectedness of all living things. Growing up immersed in the natural world, her exploration of the woods and creeks along the Chesapeake Bay forged a bond with plants and animals and laid the foundation for a visual vocabulary she would tap into many years later. Rebecca received a BA in Art History from Swarthmore College and studied painting and drawing at the Maryland Institute College of Art and at the Corcoran College of Art + Design. She has exhibited in numerous venues both domestic and international. Her work has been featured in publications such as: Works and Conversations, Dark Mountain, Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine, Where the Leaves Fall Magazine, EarthLines, Orion Magazine, and The Learned Pig, and was selected for the award-winning INDA 8, Manifest Gallery’s 2014 International Drawing Annual.

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