31 Jan 2019

I work primarily in watercolor, a ‘living’ medium, whose spontaneity and immediacy teaches me to let go, become present in the moment and embrace imperfections. Working loosely and expressively, I allow the paint to have a life of its own as colors bleed together and slowly bloom. It’s in this intuitive state that I can only guide the paint and cannot completely predict the outcome. Many “happy accidents” occur which are unique to the present moment.

My work is an exploration of the human condition, emotion, spirituality and our connection to the natural world. Inspired by the interplay between the inner and outer realms of my subjects, my paintings tend to blur the lines between representation and abstraction. I believe the use of abstraction gets us closer to the way things truly are, not just how they appear.

What is your background like?
I was raised in the small city of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, where I still live and work today. I was a very shy and introverted child, but I always felt bold in my artwork. Painting became my therapy, both as an escape and means of expression. Releasing emotion through my work has always been important to me. I’ve always loved nature and that has inspired my work as well. My parents were incredibly supportive of my creative endeavors and I went on to study fine art and psychology in college.

'Subconscious',original watercolor painting by Elizabeth Becker

‘Subconscious’,original watercolor painting by Elizabeth Becker

How did you start making art?
My grandfather and father did some drawing and painting in their spare time, so they inspired me. I remember we would play a game where we passed a drawing back and forth and took turns adding to it. I also took some painting lessons as a child. The teacher had a garden where we would go to gather inspiration. Art became my focus in high school. It was the only thing that interested me. I had an amazing teacher who helped me develop my portfolio. I mostly painted in acrylics and oils until 2012. Watercolor was my last studio course in college and I fell in love with it. I had another amazing teacher who encouraged me to loosen up by using lots of water and letting the paint do its thing. It was an act of surrender. I love how unpredictable and surprising the medium is. I feel like I’m always learning and never tire of exploring.

Which artist of the past would you like to meet?
Andrew Wyeth

Why do you love what you do?
It makes me feel whole. It’s my greatest source of freedom and self-expression. It allows me to play and stay curious. It’s also a very personal and spiritual practice for me, because making art immerses me in the present moment and teaches me to have faith. I believe artists are vessels for God’s continuing creation and every time we come to the canvas, we are asking him to work through us. There’s no other way I’d rather spend my time.