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Artist directory :: Verisimilitude

romantic, figurative, deconstructionist, mixed media from a queer anti-capitalist perspective with a view toward eco-awareness, reclamation & sustainability...



Rebecca Toran Ailisheva 
I have always been a dancer, a dreamer, and an overthinker, stuck in my head and wanting to inhabit my body gracefully and without fear. Art supports that process for me. It provides a means with which I can digest the difficult, problematic, beautiful world I find myself in. I am inspired by movement and metaphor and a deep desire to express, transform &explore. My formal artistic education began in college, where I was trained as a scenic artist and theatrical designer. I then traveled to Paris to study the Van Aken Classical Technique and work in the Louvre as a copyist. I spent many years working professionally as a muralist, scenic painter, and copyist. It was not until my time studying to become an Expressive Arts Therapist (starting in 2005)...


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Oakland, CA
United States


Eco Art All of these pieces either feature, or made entirely from, reclaimed &found objects from man-made and natural ecosystems..
Everyman Series A series of still life acrylics based on the wooden artist model in order to highlight gesture, emotion and texture.
Photography 12 items


Prints available!
I'm excited to announce that I now have prints available for 6 of my paintings. Below they are listed with title, descriptions, text, and available sizes in inches (other sizes are possible).

The Way My Heart
This has been a year of "painting over".. I haven't bought a new canvas in over a year, and instead have been layering new life onto old canvases.. here's another before and after..

The shifting of time on a painting..

New works in progress
Here are a few pieces I’ve been working on..

Mail Art for Prisoners
On second thought, I have actually been making art. It's just that this year has been much more about mail art - due to my involvement with the local SF Bay Area chapter of Black &Pink. Here are some of the cards we decorated this year to send inside.

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