As with many of the articles I've written, this one was started months before the publication date. I'd been thinking about it awhile before then, as well. This is pretty much the way my brain works for writing projects or larger paintings. It takes time. A seed starts to grow from an idea and sprouts into something coherent. Then it must be watered and fed until it blooms.
If you are a subscriber to Professional Artist Magazine, I hope you are enjoying my piece about Becky Joy (on pages 34 -40). If you are not a subscriber, you can find the issue at newsstands or order at the website.
I first met Becky at the Oil Painters of America Western Regional Exhibit in 2011 and then got to know her better at the Pacific Northwest Plein Air event a few months later. Her career has really taken off and I wanted to write this piece to showcase how she used what she knew already to become the artist she wanted to be.
Becky is such an inspiration: she is a very hard worker who creates beautiful paintings. She's also a creative thinker for how to market her art, and herself as a teacher. She took part in my Challenge group for several months, so perhaps you remember her work from the Challenges at this blog. Here is her website if you'd like to check out her paintings or workshops.