Food & Drink

Seattle Painter has a Love for Miniature Art

Local artist's paintings are miniature and masterful

By Haley Durslag March 14, 2016

A painting of a white rabbit in a chair.

This article originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of Seattle magazine.

Rebecca Luncan’s animal portraits are remarkable for their comprehensive realism, but even more so for their size—some as small as 3 inches.

The Seattle painter says her fascination with the miniscule was stirred by a miniature portrayal of Henry VIII she spotted when visiting Buckingham Palace. “You must get so close that the experience is yours alone,” says Luncan. “For that moment, what you’re seeing is an intimate secret between you and the painting.” In April, Luncan wraps up a yearlong “monthly miniatures” painting project of her bunny muses, Charlemagne and Eleanor, who like to sit on her feet as she paints.

Luncan’s next monthly miniature series will draw from the “fond memories of the animals kept by her father during her childhood”—but she’ll also accept commissions for paintings of your family pets (3 by 3 inches, from $250). Keep track of her animal installments and find more details about commissioning a portrait of Fido or Fluffy at rebeccaluncan.com

 

Follow Us

Trailblazing Women: Jean Smart

Trailblazing Women: Jean Smart

'Hacks' star reflects on her career and how growing up in Seattle shaped her

It's almost noon, and Jean Smart is present as ever during a phone call. She actually asks the first question, about whether I’m a Seattle native. “Oh, you are!” she exclaims, her voice lighting up with even more warmth when she finds out I am a fellow University of Washington alum and, like her youngest,

Dark Emotions, Lighthearted Interactions

Dark Emotions, Lighthearted Interactions

Whim W’Him presents two emotion-inducing premieres to close out the season

Last weekend, choreographer Olivier Wevers stood on the stage at Cornish Playhouse, asking the audience to drop their preconceived notions and open their hearts to art...

Abrupt Write Turn

Abrupt Write Turn

Zachary Kellian’s decision to pursue a new career nets him recognition

Zachary Kellian ditched a career he loved, as he puts it, “to live out a dream.”

Finding Place in Pictures

Finding Place in Pictures

Artist Sky Hopinka’s first solo museum exhibit in the northwest showcases his creative approach to language and identity

“I had cassette tapes and workbooks, but it was hard because I was living in Washington, and my tribal language has roots in Wisconsin,” Sky Hopinka says. Learning alone, he could listen to prerecorded Hocak phrases and practice writing letters and words, but an essential component was missing — another person to speak with. Photo