I grew up with a spatula in one hand and a paintbrush in another, among a family of artists and cooks. I received my first watercolors at age 5, when I also observed my mother and grandmother transforming mounds of brilliant vegetables into delicious, comforting soups. I’ve blended the two together, as chef/author of 5 award-winning cookbooks and a mixed media artist.  

In my twenties I worked in marketing in NYC. One grey day, in my tall grey office building in my grey office, I had a flash of insight. If I continued on my current career path, not only would I be burned out in short order, but I would live a grey life. I fled to Italy, with no language and no luggage (mine was lost), clutching a map in Italian and my innate curiosity, I found color, texture and atmosphere. I found a studio to paint in mornings and an Italian signora to teach me cooking in the afternoons. I began a life of exploration, inspiration and healing through food and art, and offering that to the world of people in search of both.

I became a professional chef. I found my niche in food and healing. I played with flavor, color and texture to connect nutrition science to the plate, and pioneered an intelligent, novel and delicious use of food in the treatment of cancer. My nonprofit Healing Kitchens Institute continues to work closely on healing through food with survivors and health professionals in major US cancer centers.

Today, I find making art and cooking creatively are both opportunities to be fully present in life, to pay attention to color, texture and composition. To be inspired by nature. To be so absorbed in tasks that time expands. Working in my kitchen or studio is an immersion experience, in a vibrant, reverent, tactile, visual world.

recent exhibitions

Reflections, 36” x 36” acrylic and graphite on wood panel

Reflections, 36” x 36” acrylic and graphite on wood panel

"Painted in delicate tones of blue and orange, this purely poetic piece absolutely vibrates with emotion. Artist Rebecca Katz has wondrously articulated a contemplative atmosphere in her work and gracefully expresses an internal narrative of absorption through observation. The flow and depth of the composition is highly evocative and showcases Katz’s striking ability to convey feeling through paint."

○ E.E. Jacks, Curator, Apero Fine Arts Catalogue

APÉRO Catalogue is a juried and curated publication showcasing established and emerging artists from around the world.


Upcoming September 17-October 8: Group Show at Agora Gallery, NY, NY
Daily Bread, Solo Exhibition, Commonweal, Bolinas, CA
Women in the Abstract 2, Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, CA
Contempo Annual Fine Arts Catalog
La Romita School of Art, Terni, Italy
APERO ‘Tone” June 2019 Fine Art Catalogue
'Harmony' May 2019 Fine Art Catalogue, Featured Cover Artist
“Something About Lines,”  O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA
APERO ‘Movement' April 2019 Fine Art Catalogue
As Above So Below, Solo Exhibition, Mill Valley, CA
Wild Things,
 Jen Tough Gallery, Group Show, San Francisco, CA
Learning Curve, Jen Tough Gallery, Benicia, CA


ICB 50th Anniversary Show, Marin Civic Center Gallery, San Rafael, CA
Winter Open Studios
, ICB Building, Sausalito, CA
Dawn Until Dusk, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

Paintings and mixed media work in private collections through the country.