Today we’d like to introduce you to Becca Gordon.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
Growing up I was lucky to be surrounded by creatives. From a young age, my classical musician parents laid the groundwork for my interest in painting and bold expression through works of art. I credit them with the support I needed to pursue art in college, receiving a B.F.A. in Painting from Southwestern University. While at school, I spent a semester in New York City where I worked in two artists’ studios and interned at Mixed Greens Gallery. When I came back to Texas after this experience, I was filled with a passion for the art world as well as a knowledge of how working artists make it work.
I moved to Austin shortly after graduation and have been here ever since. I now have a wonderful, light-filled sun-room-turned-studio, and work full time as a painter and designer. I love to paint and to think creatively, and I feel fortunate to be able to work towards my goals every day.
Please tell us about your art.
I create colorful, bold abstract paintings on both paper and canvas, though I’m exploring more on paper right now. My work is inspired by the desire to share thoughts, feelings, and emotions. I communicate my personal interpretations through a frenzy of thick and thin layers of paint to create stories of movement and ideas. In doing this, I combine fast layers of expressive brush strokes with carefully thought out graphics and patternistic forms that overlap, interact and play with the organic abstractions.
When I was a kid, my father read the Harry Potter books out loud to me while I painted Paint-By-Numbers. We went through all seven books that way, even when I got too old to be read to, and I kept painting Paint-By-Numbers– plotting down one color in the designated outline and then another and another. Looking back, this really informed how I go about art today. One brush stroke leads to another, and then one element or color informs the next action. It’s a step-by-step process where one step can either be peaceful or unexpected. I love the struggle of forming a painting, of making it work and figuring out how to solve the puzzle that forms.
When looking at my work, my hope is that people will take it in critically, to really look and be moved by what has been formed and thought out in the painting, but also to just generally love looking at it. It’s important to me to make pretty paintings that would be a joy in someone’s life. I also hope that people will take away how much I love to paint because that’s really the underlying theme.
What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
I think finding your niche is a challenge, both stylistically and also in your community. It’s important to find like-minded people who creatively inspire and push you, and sometimes that’s hard to find when you’re busy with work and life.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Mainly you can view my work on my site www.beccagordonart.com or on my Instagram @lilbeccante where I detail upcoming exhibitions and events, and if interested in learning about the commissioned artwork you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Website: www.beccagordonart.com
- Phone: 817-300-2001
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/lilbeccante
- Facebook: facebook.com/beccagordonart