CPSA would like to feature our non-signature Best of Show winner, for the fall ArtSpectations, Sarah Becktel! Her piece "Eternal Companions Diptych" is so elegant and unique.
|Eternal Companions Diptych - Sarah Becktel|
9.25x15.5 inches, Colored Pencil & Acrylic on Strathmore Mixed Media Board
Jeff George, the judge for the Fall ArtSpectations, had this to say about Sarah's work:
"Eternal Companions Diptych is a touching and compelling jewel. The uncomplicated composition with its subdued background, brings added focus to the solemn faces. A brave and powerful work."
We had the pleasure to speak with Sarah, to learn more about the art and the artist.
Can you tell us a bit about your process and inspiration for your winning artwork?
How did you come to find a love of colored pencils?
Are you a self-taught or a classically trained artist?
Classical training has been a big part of my artistic life, but I think it’s important for artists to find balance with their instruction. As an adult artist, I’ve spent a lot of time just working alone in my studio. You can grow and discover so much by working and experimenting on your own. When I do take a workshop or class, I then take some time to myself to process what I learned and figure out how it best applies to my work.
What do you love most about being an artist?
The hours are pretty great too! I’m a late to bed, late to rise kind of person, so being in a field where I can make my own schedule is awesome. Sometimes I draw at 2am just because I can.
How do you see yourself progressing – as both an artist and as a person? Where do you see yourself in the future?
Along with my position as Product Research Director for CPSA, I also work as an artist educator for Gamblin Oil Paint and Strathmore Artist Papers. These jobs have given me the opportunity to educate artists about the materials they are using, which is such an essential part of an artist’s education. There are so many products available, and it’s really important for artists to have the knowledge necessary to choose materials that are safe, high-quality, and the right products to support their specific working methods. I love being able to help artists with this, and art materials education will be something that I continue to participate in throughout my life.
What words of wisdom would you share with someone who is new to colored pencil art?