Becky enjoying some Texas sunshine with her studio assistants Paisley and Wren

I have always enjoyed the feel of a pencil in my hand, and the possibilities that await when you put that pencil to paper. Some of my fondest memories from childhood are of times spent drawing and sketching with my Gramma. I’m pretty sure she is the one I inherited my love of nature from as well. I had a handful of art lessons when I was a little girl, and I won a few awards in high school for some of my drawings. We didn’t have an art program at my school, so I am mostly self-taught, other than those few lessons, and a few online classes in recent years. After school, I didn’t draw much at all for years, and didn’t realize how much I had missed it until I picked up a graphite pencil in the winter of 2008, and started drawing again. I didn’t know that colored pencil could be used as a fine art medium until a couple of years after that, when I stumbled upon an article about artist Mikel Donahue in a magazine. I was stunned by his realistic artwork depicting the cowboy way of life, and amazed that it had been created with colored pencil. I immediately rushed out and bought a full set of Prismacolors, and after a lot of trial and error, figured out a layering process that worked for me. I fell in love, and have been hooked on colored pencil ever since! I do occasionally go back to my first love of graphite, and I also absolutely love working with water-soluble colored pencils, especially Derwent Inktense. I have had several of my drawings published in magazines and books, as well as articles in the April 2019 and August 2020 issues of Color magazine. My goals going forward with my art are to continue to improve with every piece I draw, and to keep submitting to shows and publications, and galleries, and just keep putting myself and my art out there, and see how far I can go with it.

Publications

  • September 2020    Elusive Radiance – CP Hidden Treasure’s VI
  • August 2020          Elusive Radiance COLOR Magazine Tutorial Article
  • January 2020        Winter’s Prickly Gift – COLOR Magazine and Blog, The Pencil Box
  • June 2019               Caliente!!COLOR Member Show 20 Year Anniversary Celebration
  • April 2019               FAA/Pixels Website Article – COLOR Magazine
  • April 2019               Reminisce  – CP Treasures VI                                                    
  • October 2018          Caliente!! – Colored Pencil Magazine, Latest & Greatest Gallery
  • June 2017                White Noise – CP Hidden Treasures IV                  
  • June 2017                White NoiseCPSA To The Point Magazine Vol. 26, No. 2
  • June 2016               Wendy’s Cholla  – CP Hidden Treasures III

Exhibitions

  • September 2021     Elusive Radiance, Reminisce, Winter’s Prickly Gift – CPSA DC 224 4th Annual                                     Member Show
  • July 2021                Elusive Radiance – CPSA International Exhibition
  • April 2021               Elusive Radiance – UART Spring Competition- Winner
  • October 2020         Elusive Radiance – COLOR Magazine 21st Annual Member Show
  • October 2019          Colorful Harvest – Colored Pencil Magazine’s Inktense Inktober Show
  • September 2019     Caliente!! and Reminisce – CPSA DC 224 3rd Annual Member Show
  • May 2019                Caliente!!COLOR Magazine 20th Annual Member Show
  • April 2019               Caliente!! – CPCAU Drawn Together Exhibition
  • December 2018      Caliente!! and Reminisce – Colored Pencil Magazine Annual Show

    Affiliations

    • American Women Artists (AWA) – Member Since 2021
    • Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) – Member Since 2016
    • CPSA District Chapter 224 Dallas Fort Worth – Member Since 2016
    • Colored Pencil Artists League – Member Since 2015

    June 2017 – Interviewed by author Sara L Foust