Becky Blair Artist – Up Close & Personal

Becky Blair delights in exuberant colours, focussing on the joys of a coastal summer playground in her distinctive abstracted style. We invite you to get to know the artist in our Up Close & Personal Q&A feature below.

Enjoy getting to know Becky Blair

When did you first feel the desire to be artistic and realize you had talent?

I have always loved using my imagination and being expressive. As a kid I loved both dancing and art. Over time art was the passion I wanted to purse in education, and doing a foundation and degree in Art was where I really found the freedom to explore my love of colour that continues today. At art school it was drummed into us that it would be years before we had the talent to create anything that could be considered art, this may sound harsh but it definitely took the pressure off and made exploring and experimenting the key focus. It has taken me till my 40’s to really rate the skills I now have after 30 years of practice.

Where did you learn your art?

I studied my fine art degree at Cheltenham and Gloucester College. But learning art is a constant pursuit, I am always learning. That’s part of the striving to create something that has value. Travelling has taught me aout colour, and my daily practice has taught me about mark making and composition. As well just seeing the world and soaking up and the interesting corners that excite me.

What inspires you the most?

Travel and summer have always played a huge part in the narrative of my paintings but what lays closer to my heart is the play of colour and using that to create sensation and ignite in other people a sense of remembering.

What message are you sending to the viewer of your art?

Joy, I hope. I want people to feel uplifted and connected. To see in my images something that sparks of their own memories.

Describe your studio

Its high up on the fourth floor of a 1950’s Brutalist building. Away from street noise, with big windows. It faces south east so gets the morning sun and is warm. Its messy in a tidy way, paint splatters everywhere and a comfy sofa to sit on where I do a lot of thinking. A place of peace where I can be free of all other distractions and tap into that headspace that is sometimes referred to as the Flow State. I love being there.

Describe your typical day of creating art

Coffee! Get some emails done, find a good podcast. Then just start looking at where I am at with the work and planning what needs to be worked on. I spend a lot of time looking and puzzling out what the path is. Sometimes it presents itself quickly and other times is a painful wrestling match that can be very frustrating!

What mediums do you use and why?

I mostly work in acrylic as I have used them since my college days and have worked out how to create some really beautiful effects and I understand how to layer and mix them better than any other medium. I also use oils and soft pastels- just depends on what it is I am looking to create.

What are you working on now?

I am preparing for my artist open house this May in Brighton UK. I am creating a new collection of paintings inspired by the coast of the south east where I live. I love collecting shell pieces and bit of old flint and chalk that are worn down by the sea. As well as the shapes of seaweed, and beach flora. It has quite a desolate feel, open and free and beautiful. Its early days so I have no idea where it will lead me!

What are your recent career achievements you feel proud of?

My collaboration with Gorman last summer was pretty huge for me- that was a dream come true! Being the Cover Artist for Brightons Artist Open House festival and nearly winning the best artist open house award!! But to be honest the most amazing thing is that I get to do the thing I love most in the world as my job – people respond so positively to what I like doing and that makes me very happy.

What do you love most about what you do?

I definitely like being the master of my own ship, so being a self employed artist means I get to follow my heart and make work I believe in. I love showing my work and seeing how happy it makes people feel.

Where can you see yourself in 10 years time?

Still painting! Hopefully travelling more frequently as well!

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