Rebekah Strunz-Sherpa, Kathmandu, Nepal Member Since August 2015 Artist Statement I'm an expat Australian currently living in Kathmandu, Nepal. My husband is Sherpa and a trekking guide, which is how we met. When he is not trekking and when we are not together in Kathmandu, we like to trek together or visit his family in Solukhumbu, in the Everest region.
I have a Diploma in Surface Design from the International School of Colour and Design in Sydney, Australia. However, since graduating in July 2014 I have lost my motivation and inspiration to design, instead opting to work and travel. Since visiting Nepal in January 2015 and moving here three months later, I have come to believe we are all connected to each other and to the earth in ways that we do not understand or even think about. Our view of the world and each other is limited only by our (in)ability to understand what we see.
Now living in Nepal, I seem to have found my motivation and inspiration to design and create again. I draw inspiration from the local people, the endless colours of Nepal, and the beautiful environment I frequently find myself walking through or living in. It takes us 3 days to travel to my husband's family's village from Kathmandu - a 9 hour jeep ride and 2 days of walking! Plenty of time to find inspiration :)
I am limited by the resources I have available - I have no printer or scanner, no quality art paper, no mixed media supplies - and so must rely on what I have available - my iPhone, my camera, my computer and any pens or paper that I can find locally. This has made me rethink the way I create. Through my work, I try to capture the essence or spirit of the earth, using my intuition to determine when an artwork is 'right' rather than the formal rules of colour and design.
Our world is a beautiful place, and I hope to share that beauty with all who see my work.