Hello! I'm Rhonda Libbey, and Imaginative Realism artist and illustrator. I live in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with my wonderfully supportive boyfriend and two silly ferrets.
I grew up in an unusual old farmhouse where the decor was lavish and art nouveau. I was surrounded by stylized beauty indoors and natural beauty outdoors. I began my artistic journey when I was 6 years old, beginning with drawing, and I have never stopped. To be an artist is the only thing I ever wanted to be, it is the only way I have ever known.
I have been a professional illustrator and graphic designer since 1996 and I have had the good fortune to work on some cool projects and I have shown in some great galleries.
My most recent works are created traditionally in oil paint and gold leaf, with oil paint layered in glazes on top of the metal to achieve a luminous effect. I am drawn to the contrasts of delicate and bold that both oil paint and gold leaf possess.
This is a brief overview on my current process, broken down into stages. I have used examples from different projects.
2. Photography and reference material
3. A good drawing
4. Color Study
5. The painting
Pittsburgh City Paper, The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, ProtoMedia, Hide-E-Hole Ferret Rescue, Petersen Games, Fantasy Flight Games, AEG, Slugfest Games, Relentless Publishing, and Atlas Games.
Heinz History Center, Guanshanyue Art Museum, Moxie DaDa, Panza Gallery, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, The Art Institute of Phoenix, The Art Institute of Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.