Rebecca Tait was born in Camden NJ in 1961. Rebecca’s father, her earliest mentor, was a working artist who began her classical training at the age of seven. Rebecca’s passion for drawing and painting were nurtured under her father’s strict tutelage. She went on to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art and eventually traveled to France to train with Ted Seth Jacobs at studio L’Ecole Albert Defois.
While Rebecca continued to train with highly accomplished artists, namely Robert Liberace and John DiMartin, it was her father, and later her final mentor Nelson Shanks, who have had the greatest impact on the artist she is today. Rebecca is known for painting highly narrative figurative works in the classical realism style. She demonstrates her sheer passion for visual story telling through precision drawing, rich luminous color, and dramatically engaging subjects.
Rebecca lives in Laurel Springs NJ with her partner Anthony and her large family of children, grandchildren and rescued animals. In 1983 she founded her highly successful teaching studio, The Studio at Glen Gables, where she continues the legacy of teaching classical realism with the discipline and dedication of the old masters. Rebecca has won numerous honors, including the International Portrait Society’s Award of Excellence, in 2009 and an ARC finalist in 2019. Rebecca’s work can be found is in many private collections. Her work continues to be shown in galleries and museums throughout the country.