Beckie is a full time artist living and working in Suffolk, England. She studied Fine Art Painting at Loughborough University, gaining a First. Beckie is currently showing her work at Beaux Arts, Bath; Byard Art, Cambridge; Defined Art, Surrey; Degreeart.com.
W&N: Describe your work & style
BR: My current work is inspired by the vast skies and landscapes of East Anglia where I live and grew up.
I paint textured expressive skies, using acrylic paint and mediums to build layers then add highly detailed areas. My paintings aim to harmoniously merge different painting techniques, whilst bringing contrast to each piece. I love the combination of expressive, textured skies, with very detailed areas.
I think the most important thing for an artist is to be passionate about their work and I feel these different techniques give me a balance in my practice between being expressive and controlled and this keeps me inspired and my work fresh.
You can view Beckie's gallery here.
W&N: Why do you use acrylics?
BR: I’m a bit impatient and I can’t be doing with things taking ages to dry! Owing to the nature and style of my work, I need it to dry quite quickly. I don’t like the messiness of oils either.
W&N: What are your first impressions of Artists’ Acrylic?
BR: There’s a cleanness to the colours and a vibrancy that I haven’t experienced before with other acrylic colours. You can really see the cleanness when you are mixing. At the moment I’m blending Davy’s Gray with white and it works really well.
I’ve also really noticed the drying time on the palette, giving me extra blending time for my big skies.
W&N: What else have you noticed with Artists’ Acrylic?
BR: I’ve really noticed the no colour shift. I’ve always compensated for colours drying slightly darker, until now. To have the colour dry on your palette and then mix up the same colour wet, it’s so much easier! I don’t need to compensate and put extra white in.