Rebecca Pierce’s career as an artist began at the age of four, when she entered her first externally judged art competition. Throughout her schooling she either won or was placed in state competitions and annually received commendation at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show. As a teenager, Rebecca’s Major HSC Artwork, a lobster morphing into a Sherman Tank with lipstick gun barrels, was selected to tour with today’s equivalent of Art Express.
Rebecca’s professional career has been similarly highlighted by achievement. In 1984 and 1985 she won Victorian and National Awards for her tee-shirt designs. International recognition came in 1992 when she was selected from hundreds of artists worldwide to design for the charity Peter Pan Japan on behalf of The Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.
In 1993, the Australian Olympic Bid Committee sought Rebecca’s artistic talent, to create designs for silk scarves and amend the ‘Flash’ artwork for ties, to be given as gifts to the IOC delegates. She has also created artwork for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, MBF, Don Spencer, Angus and Coote, Japan Grey Line, Care Australia, Childflight, JTB and NSW Roads and Traffic Authority.
The year 2000 saw continued expansion for Pierce both personally and professionally. She has continued to develop and produce exclusive concept designs for many companies including Ayers Rock Resort Management, Crown Casino Melbourne, Nuance Global Traders and Taronga Zoo.
Pierce’s long term commitment to the children’s charity NAPCAN, of which she is the artistic director, was also recognised when she received an award for service, presented by the then Governor General, Sir William Deane.
A major focus for 2001 was Australia’s Centenary of Federation 1901-2001, where alongside indigenous painters she was the Principal Artist. Pierce’s work with The Centenary of Federation Merchandising Committee resulted in specific artworks for companies such as Wedgwood, Drizabone, The Royal Australian Mint Canberra and around twenty other selected Licensees.