Cains, Rebecca RBA RWA (1968 – )
Rebecca Cains was selected to train as a dancer at The Arts Educational Schools, London in 1985, where she studied ballet, contemporary, Jazz, tap, choreography, singing, drama and art. After graduating in 1988, she embarked on a professional dance career working and touring in both the UK and Europe. Some of her dance work includes contemporary company ‘Dancers Anonymous’, performing at both the Edinburgh festival and in Germany and performing for U.K. choreographer Pat Dennison. Her last engagement was a tour of Italy, dancing for leading Italian choreographer Gino Landi in Cole Porter’s musical ‘Can Can’. During this time she began to paint again and study the masters at first hand. A knee injury led to a change in career and she concentrated on painting, which had always been of parallel interest to her dancing, going on to study and gain a BA (Hons) Fine Art (Painting) Degree at Bath Spa University. She comes from an artistic background with her father being a practicing artist and a member of the Royal West of England Academy.
She is an elected member of the Royal West of England Academy, the Bath Society of Artists, the Royal Society of British Artists and has exhibited her paintings in many national exhibitions including the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, New English Art Club, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Discerning Eye, Royal West of England Academy National Open Painting Exhibition 2010 where she was awarded 1st prize and the Lynn Painters-Stainers Prize Exhibition where she was a runner-up in 2010. She lives and works near Bristol, Somerset.