Howdy, Neighbour! Meet Rebecca Fisk

Rebecca Fisk didn’t take the conventional route to becoming an artist and art teacher. Raised in Hemford in Lunenburg County, Rebecca enjoyed drawing with her father as a kid (mostly horses). But when she attended Parkview as a teenager, she took music instead of art. After finishing her high school studies, she applied to NSCAD on a whim and was accepted. She studied photography. 

 Years later, Rebecca took a masters in photography at the University of Saskatchewan. “My concepts weren’t developed,” she recalls. “I had lived experiences, but I didn’t know how to project that into art.” Instead of pursuing a professional career in photography, Rebecca worked as a legal assistant in Halifax. She was studying for the LSAT when she became pregnant with her first child. 

 After the birth of her children, Rebecca decided to take an education degree. “I had no intention of ever teaching art,” she says. But during her practicum at her alma mater, Parkview, Rebecca was inspired by how much her mentor teacher knew about art education. She began to teach herself about the elements of art, as well as develop her drawing and painting skills. 

 Since then, Rebecca has become an accomplished and thought-provoking painter. Her series of paintings titled “There is No One Story of Black Girlhood” was exhibited in multiple galleries in Nova Scotia last year, including the Lunenburg School of the Arts. “My next series is self portraits again,” she says, “and it’s about the epistemology of racist phrases and narrating that visually.” 

 Alongside painting in her home studio in Mahone Bay, Rebecca works as an art teacher at Forest Heights Community School. She’s a great role model for young artists because she emphasizes hard work and practicing skills over natural talent. Though she acknowledges natural talent exists, she’s all about encouraging her students to keep improving their craft! 


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