North Augusta grad’s banner featured as part of city’s centennial celebration
“Creating art is in my blood,” said Rebecca Long, a 2009 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University’s North Augusta location.
Long, a K-5 art teacher at Clearwater Elementary School, was approached by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council to submit her works of art for the city’s 100-year celebration. She won third place for her two banners, each featuring wildflowers. One of her banners features a colorful assortment of wildflowers which includes daisies and sunflowers. Another banner features a trillium, with a beautiful white bloom and purple accent.
Being from an artistic family, inspiration to pursue art came naturally for Long. One of her brothers, Bronza Long, is a painter, sculptor and scientific illustrator. Long also collaborated with her other brother, Jonathan Long, creating illustrations for a book he wrote titled “Becky and the Pirates.” She credits her parents, Daryl and Carolyn Long, for keeping her interested in art and providing encouragement.
Long began her interest in art at a young age, creating designs on her Light Bright toy and watching artist Bob Ross on television. Flowers are a favorite subject for Long, who likes to paint old windows with flowers on them and sell them at area festivals.
“Currently, I am on an earring kick,” Long said. “I love making new designs and it is nice to be able to make a pair to match any outfit.”