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  • Laurel Contributor

Rebecca “beX” Shofner




University of Alabama student Rebecca Shofner is a self-taught artist who specializes in acrylic landscapes, figuratives, and abstracts.

A native of Madison, Mississippi, Rebecca has always had a love for all things artistic and creative. She was always incredibly intrigued by the nature found around her, from the beautiful birds to the surrounding landscape. She participated in art camps any chance that she could and was ecstatic to take her paintings home, frame them, and hang the pieces on her bedroom walls. What started out as a hobby for Rebecca turned into a business her sophomore year of college. Finding art a soothing and pleasurable means of self-expression, she soon realized acrylics were her preferred medium. As she began painting during her free time, she started posting pictures of her paintings on social media. This generated immediate interest, and people began contacting her to purchase her work.

Named after one of her favorite quotes, Rebecca now has an art business called 1000 Words Designs. Signing all of her paintings with “beX” in the bottom corners represents a childhood nickname that reminds her of home, and the enlarged “X” symbolizes a cross. She would not be where she is today without her loving and supportive family and Jesus Christ, the whole reason why she is able to paint and create in the first place. Rebecca is thrilled to have her art featured at Around Back at Rocky’s Place; the perfect spot to house her Southern-inspired pieces. To see some of beX’s best, please visit Around Back at Rocky’s Place in person at 3631 Highway 53 East, Dawsonville, Georgia, or on the web at aroundbackatrockysplace.com. Hours are Saturdays, 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., and Sundays, 1:00 to 5:00 P.M., and by appointment. Call (706) 265-6030 or email gallery@aroundbackatrockysplace.com.