Jen Tough Gallery



Oil and cold wax on cradled panel 20" x 16" x 2", 2016

{ SOLD } Muriwai

Oil and cold wax on cradled panel, 16" x 20", 2016


Oil and cold wax on cradled panel, 24" x 36" x 2", 2016

Rebecca Crowell

"Certain kinds of landscapes move me, and feel like home to my soul. They are rugged, wild, and vast places, yet also contain softness, quiet and mystery. I’ve spent time in places like this in Ireland, northern Sweden, New Mexico and New Zealand—walking, exploring, photographing, and simply being alone in the landscape. Certain moments seem to hold an essence of the place, and these form especially strong sensory memories.  Tapping back into these memories leads to my abstract vocabulary of color, texture, line and shape.

Painting satisfies a basic need for me--a channel to my inner self, a reflection of these meaningful experiences, and a path to new discoveries. I’ve been painting professionally for over 30 years, and remain challenged and energized by my process. I work with a balance of spontaneity and careful editing, moving back and forth from intuitive flow to thoughtful analysis. My aim is to achieve structural integrity and strength through the accumulation of quiet passages and nuanced surfaces. I build up multiple layers of paint (with additives including cold wax medium, powdered pigments and sand). Sometimes the layers are thick and textural, other times they are thin veils of color. The layers are selectively scratched, eroded and dissolved, an approach that reflects natural processes of the rugged places I love"  —Rebecca Crowell


Rebecca Crowell has been a professional artist for over thirty years, and is widely known for her innovative painting techniques involving cold wax medium and oils.  She teaches these methods both in the US and internationally, and in 2017, she and her co-author Jerry McLaughlin published the first comprehensive book on the topic, Cold Wax Medium: Techniques, Concepts & Conversations.

Her work is handled by galleries in Dublin, Chicago, and Atlanta, as well as in Tucson, Arizona; Vallejo, California; Telluride, Colorado, and several regional galleries in Wisconsin. It is included in hundreds of private, public and corporate collections.  She has been awarded eleven artist residencies since 2001, at locations in Ireland, Sweden, Spain and the US.  Public commissions include two separate installations for the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Crowell was recognized by John Seed of the Huffington Post in his article, Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014. She holds a BFA from University of Wisconsin--Eau Claire (1982) and an MFA in Painting from Arizona State University (1985.) She and her husband, Don Ticknor, have two grown sons. They divide their time between their rural home in Osseo, WI and a recently restored 100-year old adobe near Taos, NM.


 1985    MFA in Painting, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ

 1982    BFA in Painting, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, WI

Selected Exhibitions


Affordable Art Fair, Hamstead, London, England (w/Gormleys Dublin)

 Summer Exhibit, group show, Sager Braudis Gallery, Columbia, MO

 Abstraction, group show, Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Fish Creek, WI               

Still Moving, solo exhibit, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ireland


Spirit in the Land, group show, Addington Gallery, Chicago

London Art Fair London, England (with Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin)

Interplay, Thomas Deans Fine Art, Atlanta, GA. (two-person show)


Affordable Art Fair, Battersea, London, England (with Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin)

Timothy Cobb Fine Arts, Milwaukee, WI

30th Anniversary Exhibition, Telluride Gallery, Telluride, CO

London Art Fair, London, England (with Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin)

Breaking Down Surface Tension, group show, Bernal Gallery, Pima College, Tucson, AZ

A Gift of Days, solo exhibit, Eau Claire Public Library, Eau Claire, WI

Colors of Fire, group show, Telluride Gallery, Telluride, C


Spaces Within, Solo exhibit, Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland

Affordable Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium (with Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin)

Affordable Art Fair, London, England (with Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin)

Spring Exhibit, group show, PS Gallery, Columbia, MO

Six Women, group show, Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee, WI


Beneath the Surface, solo exhibit, Pratt Museum, Homer, AK

The White Show, Telluride Gallery, Telluride, CO

2012   Vestiges, 2-person show, Elaine Erickson Gallery, Milwaukee, WI

2011    group exhibit, Gormleys Fine Art, Dublin, Ireland

Darnell Fine Art, solo exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

Woodwalk Gallery, two-person show, Egg Harbor, WI

2010   Darnell Fine Art, solo exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art, two-person show, Telluride, CO

Circa Gallery, two person show, Minneapolis, MN

 2009    Darnell Fine Art, solo exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

Grace Chosey Gallery, two-person show, Madison, WI 

Perlow-Stevens Gallery, group exhibit, Columbia, MO

 2008    Darnell Fine Art, solo exhibit, Santa Fe, NM

Wilde Meyer Gallery, group show, Tucson, AZ. 

2007    Polderland Gallery, solo exhibit, Milwaukee, WI

2006    Circa Gallery, solo exhibit, Minneapolis, MN

Midtown West Art Associates, group exhibit, New York, NY

2004  Circa Gallery, solo exhibit, Minneapolis, MN

2003  University of Wisconsin, Three Serious Artists, Eau Claire, WI

2002  Art Contemporani de Muntanya, group exhibit, Lleida, Spain

Professional Recognition + Activities

2016  Artist residency, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo, Ireland

2015 Artist residency awarded, Ricklungarden, Saxnas, Sweden

Residency, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo, Ireland

2014  Red Bog selected by John Seed, Huffington Post, as one of Ten Memorable Paintings of 2014

Fellowship awarded, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co Mayo, Ireland

Painting commission, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

2013    Fellowship awarded, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo, Ireland

Fellowship awarded AIR Serenbe, Atlanta, Georgia

2012    Artist residency awarded, Cill Rialaig Project, County Kerry, Ireland

2011    Artist residency awarded, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Annaghmakerrig, Ireland

Painting commission: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Purchase Award, Wisconsin Arts Board

 2009    Spectrum/David Crowell Ensemble, Naxos Records cover art

2008     Artist residency, Centre d’Art I Natura, Farrera, Catalonia, Spain

Wisconsin Public Radio Interview, Spectrum West 

 2007    Exhibition curator; LE Phillips Public Library, Eau Claire, WI

2004     Purchase awards, Wisconsin Arts Board

 2001     Artist residency, Centre D’Art I Natura, Catalonia, Spain

Visiting artist lecture, University of Minnesota, Morris, MN

Publications + Press

2017  author of Cold Wax Medium; Techniques, Concepts, and Conversations, with Jerry McLaughlin

2016 Interview, Savvy Painter podcast

Interview for Winter Edition, Encaustic Arts Magazine

Outside/Inside, Artists on Art Magazine, issue #18

2014  Ten Memorable Paintings; John Seed, Huffington Post

2011  Recent Work, 2009-2011(Rebecca Crowell)

Still Spaces, catalog for Gormelys Fine Art exhibition

2010   included in Vol. 11, Studio Visit Magazine

2009    Old Walls and Lost Paths: An Artist’s Residency in Catalonia, (Rebecca Crowell)

2008    Connections: Abstract Paintings 2006--2008(Rebecca Crowell )  

1995    New American Paintings, Midwest Edition, Open Studios Press, MA  

Public + Corporate Collections

Lumiere Telluride, Telluride, CO

Camel’s Garden Hotel, Telluride, CO

The Pratt Museum, Homer, AK

 MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX (2 commissions)

Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ballycastle, Ireland

 Jayson Lander and Associates, West Hollywood, CA

Scottsdale Waterfront Residencies, Scottsdale, AZ

 Centre D’Art I Natura, Farrera, Catalunya, Spain 

Winona State University, Winona, MN 

Ceridean Corporation, Minneapolis, MN 

Tapemark Corporation, Minneapolis, MN  

Fabyanske, Westra and Heart, Attorneys at Law, Minneapolis, MN 

University of Minnesota, Morris, MN 

Tria Orthopedic Clinic, Minneapolis, MN 

Robert Hill and Associates, Attorneys at Law, Minneapolis, MN 

Williams, Venker and Sanders, Attorneys at Law, St. Louis, MO 

Midwest Banking Center, St. Louis, MO 

Reinsurance Group of America, St. Louis, MO 

Solomon Brothers Developers, St. Louis, MO 

Boone County Bank, Columbia, MO 

Enterprise Bank, Clayton, MO 

Solebury School, New Hope, PA 

Dollar General Corporate Headquarters, Nashville, TN 

University of Wisconsin campuses:

  Eau Claire,   Stout (Menomonie) ,  Madison,   Milwaukee ,   Steven’s Point

 Wisconsin Department of Transportation

 Luther Hospital, Eau Claire, WI

 Northwoods, Inc., Eau Claire, WI