Born and raised in small town in southeastern Indiana's Ohio Valley, Rhonda Brewer developed a love for art and horses while growing up on her parents' thoroughbred horse farm. As the daughter of commercial artist for the government (mother) and painter (father), it didn't take long for Rhonda to start creating artwork of her own. At 5 years old she began with oil paints, and by 10 she had already sold her first piece. Her teacher purchased the painting of a lioness and her cub. By 14, she had expanded her artistic talent to include clay sculptures.
While maintaining a career in law enforcement, as well as a stint as a professional model for a hat company in New York, Rhonda continued her artistic pursuits. But, it wasn't until five years ago when she and her family moved from Hawaii to Tucson, Ariz., that Rhonda opened her studio full-time to create unique creations that focus on the preservation of history in the Southwest. A specialist in several media, including lariat vessels, custom-made jewelry, bronze sculptures and paintings, Rhonda's fine art combines select elements of nature with the distinctive characteristics of an Old West lifestyle. Her one-of-a-kind rope baskets incorporate authentic lariats collected from working cowboys at area ranches and rodeos. Once shaped by hand, the rope is gradually fused together by an innovative burning process that produces a unique texture and color scheme.
Rhonda's exotic jewelry designs feature authentic gemstones from around the world, creatively coupled with hand-carved products such as antlers, bone chips, fossils and turtle shells. These labor-intensive creations act as a tribute to nature's primitive existence. The subject matter for Rhonda's limited-edition sculptures reveals inspiration from an event or subject of beauty in nature. This exclusive approach is equally reflected in her acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, as well as her soon-to-be-debuted collection of Southwestern-style ceramic dishes. A self-taught artist, Rhonda's work is on display in several museum collections across the county, including the Tohono Chul Park Museum in Tucson, Arizona; Mataranga in Ridgecrest, California; and the Museum of Art in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, she has presented her creations at numerous juried events in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Texas. Rhonda credits much of her success to the support and inspiration she receives from her husband and the "greatest artwork in life" - their nine children.