Rebecca Tibbs

Rebecca was born and raised in Newmarket, Suffolk, generally recognised as the horse racing capital of the world. She has always had a passion for all animals and nature, in particular horses and dogs. She was surrounded by both from an early age, and as a child only had to walk to the bottom of the garden to talk to racehorses over the fence.

Rebecca began riding at the age of five and became a competitive show rider at eleven years old. Living in Newmarket and surrounded by racehorses it was perhaps inevitable that at the age of fourteen she began taking a more serious interest in them. She remains very passionate about racehorses and currently rides out for Trainer Rodger Varian. She has even done a season in Dubai as a trackwork rider thereby widening her experience of both riding and in the observation of horses in widely different settings and circumstances.

Art has always been part of Rebecca's world. She started drawing animals as soon as she could lift a pencil and her interest was nurtured by attending lessons at the age of seven with the artist Caroline Bennett. There she learned about perspective, mixing colours and drawing light and shadow.

By a stroke of luck, the equestrian artist Neil Cawthorne moved in across the road from her family home. Rebecca jumped at the opportunity to be tutored by Neil where she learned about equine anatomy and discovered a fondness for pastels.

As an artist Rebecca first sold a horse head drawn in pastel in an exhibition at the age of twelve, the buyer having no idea the image was produced by a child. She went on to have success in various art competitions and gained various commissions including '1999 Derby winner Oath,' for the lad who looked after him Steve Decosta.

She discovered a passion for photography whilst studying at Cambridge Regional College for a BTEC National Diploma in General Art and Design. It became her focus, taking her to Nottingham Trent University where she completed a Higher National Diploma in photography and digital imaging.

This was her first introduction to Photoshop. Later she got the opportunely to do work experience with News International at Wapping, London, where she learned how to retouch images for the Sun Newspaper and News of the World. After completing this course Rebecca still wanted to learn more about photography and managed to join the second year of a degree course at Blackpool and the Fylde College, long recognised as the leading course for photography in England. This gave her a good understanding of large format cameras and studio lighting due entirely to the excellent levels of equipment and support offered at the Clifton campus.

Rebecca since has since widened her photographic experience doing weddings, portraits of children, animals of many types and helping new businesses with promotional material.

What our customers say...

  • Rebecca drew an outstanding portrait of our two well-loved little Jack Russell's and captured them to perfection!  The portrait sits above our fireplace and brings so much warmth and character to the living room. Every detail has been done so delicately and we are so grateful for the time and effort Rebecca put into this for us.  We would recommend her to any great animal lovers like ourselves.

    5 out of 5

    Kieren Fallon & Jemma Shakespeare

  • I would not fail to recommend Rebecca Tibbs, her work has been of a really high standard, her drawing and portraits excellent.  My clients have always been so happy with her work.

    5 out of 5

    Aimee Poppins - Pet & Home Care

  • Talented indeed - she got my boy perfectly, every wrinkle.  It's better than picture-perfect!  Rebecca Tibbs definitely got his personality, some how, trapped in every stroke of her pen, not a whisker out of place.  I am forever grateful and I would highly recommend her to any puppy parent!  Great job!

    5 out of 5


  • When looking for an actor, a casting director will make a snap decision based on a single glance at a new photograph.  That means it's got to be absolutely right in an instant. I had no hesitation in asking Rebecca Tibbs to take my new headshots for me and feedback has proved I picked the right person. She produces superb results every time and it was a real joy to work with her.  I can't recommend her too highly; she knows what she wants and she achieves it faultlessly.

    5 out of 5

    David Learner

  • Rebecca has been a real asset to my business, she has a great eye for a good photo.  I have always been very happy with her work and the commissions that she has drawn for my owners have always been superb.

    5 out of 5

    Marco Botti - International Group 1 winning trainer

  • I have known Rebecca for at least five years and have even ridden out with her and have used her photographic skills on many occasions on behalf of myself and trainer Mick Murphy. Horses photographed for us include Papineau and Cherry Mix which passed through our stables prior to embarking on a career at stud.  She has always been punctual, reliable and friendly and the work has always been of a high standard.

    5 out of 5

    Sam Wright - Head Girl for Trainer Mick Murphy

  • Rebecca has done photographic work for myself, and other owners I am connected with, on a number of occasions.  Because she works within the industry she has always demonstrated good horse sense around the five horses she has photographed for me.  Her intimate knowledge of horses has enabled her to photograph at least two difficult animals by supporting the handler, where those outside the horse world would have clearly faced problems. Her work has always been of a consistently high standard and because she is able to handle mounting, framing, labelling and other aspects of the final presentation, she is able to offer a very comprehensive and fuss-free service.

    5 out of 5

    Steve Holmes

  • Rebecca Tibbs came to my house and photographed my Border Terrier "Tweed", in preparation for producing a drawing of her. She was very patient as Tweed kept trying to jump off the table!  She arrived at the arranged time and took the pictures very quickly despite Tweeds antics. The photos were very good leading to the end result of a lovely drawing capturing Tweeds character perfectly - leaving me a completely satisfied customer.

    5 out of 5

    Claire Ricks