ART

Outside of my day job as a marketing strategist, I have been building a creative practice including painting, photography, illustration, and fiber arts. I've been creating art since I was four years old - and have the sketchbooks to prove it. Art was never something that I was encouraged to do for a living and didn't focus on it as part of my education, until I went to Hofstra University and starting painting. I drew on inspiration from the nostalgia I felt from childhood photos and developing abstractions based on everyday objects.


For the first time in my life, I was praised for something that came so naturally. I pursued a minor in Fine Arts while being taught by practicing artists and professors Laurie Fendrich, Jim Lee, Doug Hilson, and Tom Klinkowstein. After graduating from Hofstra, I could never make time for painting other than the occasional family gift, including a series of repeated abstractions of food inspired by my nieces and nephews. In 2015, I joined SVA’s Contemporary Painting Lab under Emily Weiner, which reinvigorated my love for painting and introduced me to oils. She encouraged my work, saying I had the talent, technique, and creativity needed - I just needed to make the time and find the discipline to dedicate to my practice.

In the fall of 2019, I studied under urban sketch artist and illustrator Shawne Cooper as part of Pratt's Continuing Education program and learn how to capture feelings and experiences by combining sketching and writing. 

I'm currently experimenting with abstract expressionism through both oil and acrylic painting. I'm also planning to debut a new photography portfolio highlighting landscapes and architecture captured during my travels. One theme I'm exploring is no matter how individualistic humans can be, there are still shared experiences, and a larger story than what is shown to us. There is great value in the everyday objects and people that we see. 


I'm continually looking for ways to make time for my art and connect with other artists. Throughout 2020 I'm working to dedicate at least one hour every day to my creative practice and document on the Instagram account @CreativeOfficeHours. 

Education


Fall 2019

Pratt

From Sketches to Stories

Shawne Cooper

Fall 2015

School of Visual Arts
Contemporary Painting Lab

Emily Weiner


2006-2010

Hofstra University Fine Arts Minor

Tom Klinkowstein

Laurie Fendrich

Jim Lee

Doug Hilson

Shows


April 2020

The Art Student's League of New York Life Under the Pandemic Moon 
Online Exhibition


January 2020

Greenpoint Art Circle Debut Group Art Show
Brooklyn Bliss


February 2019

People’s Choice Salon
Greenpoint Gallery


June 2018

Greenpoint Open Studios
Java Studios

Artist Apprenticeships

2020

VAWAA (Vacation With An Artist, Tessa)

The Hague, Netherlands - Postponed


2016 - 2019

Hein Koh

Brooklyn, NY

INTERIORS DURING PANDEMIC

April 2020

"Interiors During Pandemic" is a collection of views from inside, where life persists but it's hard to thrive. Memories of the outside world are murky, and experiencing it now is out of reach, but we need to remember the end of this experience is coming, and it will be bright. I created this series of photos almost out of resentment for people who live in the suburbs and own their own greenspace. I also wanted to reflect on how we invest in making our interiors beautiful, but it doesn’t compare with the natural world, which New Yorkers take for granted.

The series was featured in The Art Student's League of New York's online exhibition "Life Under the Pandemic Moon:

Steadfast with Hope - Reb Carlson
Steadfast with Hope - Reb Carlson

digital photography

Inside a Fishbowl - Reb Carlson
Inside a Fishbowl - Reb Carlson

digital photography

Lack of Growth - Reb Carlson
Lack of Growth - Reb Carlson

digital photography

EVERYDAY IMPORTANT OBJECTS

2007-2019

Italian Cookies
Italian Cookies

Reb Carlson, 11 x 14, Oil on Canvas

Pizza for Aaron
Pizza for Aaron

Reb Carlson, 12 x 14, Oil on Canvas

This Is Not A Ticket
This Is Not A Ticket

Reb Carlson, 8 x 10, Acrylic on Canvas

Love These Sneakers
Love These Sneakers

Reb Carlson, 11 x 14, Acrylic on Canvas

All The Things
All The Things

Reb Carlson, 30 x 24, Acrylic on Canvas

Generation/Communication: Pencil
Generation/Communication: Pencil

Reb Carlson 20 x 16, Acrylic on Canvas

Generation/Communication: Printing Press
Generation/Communication: Printing Press

Reb Carlson, 20 x 16, Acrylic on Canvas

Generation/Communication: Typewriter
Generation/Communication: Typewriter

Reb Carlson, 20 x 16, Acrylic on Canvas

LANDSCAPES

2015 - 2019

Water Tower
Water Tower

Reb Carlson, 12 x 24, oil on canvas

Ocean and Snow
Ocean and Snow

Reb Carlson, 12 x 24, oil on canvas

Snow and Mountains
Snow and Mountains

Reb Carlson, 12 x 24, oil on canvas

Windows
Windows

Reb Carlson, 24 x 24, Oil on canvas

Miles and Miles Around
Miles and Miles Around

Reb Carlson, 12 x 19, Oil on Canvas

DRAWINGS

2007-2019

Chicago
Chicago

Reb Carlson, 10.4 x 14, graphite on paper

Dad 1
Dad 1

Reb Carlson, 18 x 23.5, watercolor and charcoal on paper

Dad 2
Dad 2

Reb Carlson, 18 x 23.5, watercolor and charcoal on paper

Dad 3
Dad 3

Reb Carlson, 18 x 23.5, watercolor and charcoal on paper

Dad 4
Dad 4

Reb Carlson , 18 x 23.5, watercolor and charcoal on paper

Fred
Fred

Reb Carlson, 12 x 18, charcoal, graphite, pencil, oil pastel on paper

A Hand
A Hand

Reb Carlson, 13 x 11, oil pastel and charcoal on paper

Another Hand
Another Hand

Reb Carlson, 13 x 11, oil pastel and charcoal on paper

Fred Again
Fred Again

Reb Carlson, 12 x 18,charcoal, graphite, pencil, oil pastel on paper

Eye
Eye

Reb Carlson, 24 x 18, oil pastel and charcoal on paper

Oh Hey
Oh Hey

Reb Carlson, 21 x 18, oil pastel and charcoal on paper

PATTERNED ABSTRACTIONS

2007-2017

Bricks
Bricks

Reb Carlson

Peapod
Peapod

Reb Carlson

Jellybean
Jellybean

Reb Carlson

Pickles
Pickles

Reb Carlson

PORTRAITURE

2009

Deborah and Rebecca at the Carnival