An artist grows up visiting a private island in Turks & Caicos
Life as an artist: you, your passions, artist experiences
Ever since I could write, I was always interested in the arts. I took as many art classes as possible growing up. These classes outside of school included private art lessons focusing on simple still life studies of florals in vases or everyday objects to life drawing with a model. I played around with graphite, charcoal, pastel, acrylic, oils, and watercolor mediums.
I graduated cum laude from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia in June 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Illustration. I took as many classes all throughout college as well. Watercolors always seemed to be the medium of paint that I would go back to whether I was taking a fashion design sketching class or rendering illustrations for an editorial or children’s book illustration class.
The last three years have been all about getting back into my favorite medium of watercolors. I particularly enjoy painting from life or as close to it as possible. I use my own photography if I need additional reference photos. The whole experience of collecting the subjects like florals or landscape scenes for a painting, is fun.
I currently work for my family’s landscape design business in Baltimore, Maryland and have been working since 2014. I assist the landscape architect with landscape renderings and perspective sketches so that the client can best visualize the work that we do.
I paint every day outside of work. I also sell a lot of the paintings I have displayed on my Instagram account. My work ranges from abstract to realism. I love the challenge to extend beyond one specific medium or ‘style.’ It’s common to get comfortable and stay in one style or subject. I took a year of painting in abstract bright beach and tropical acrylic scenes to better understand the style and actually found that it was something that I actually love to incorporate into my more realistic watercolor scenes
Becca Colwell McWilliams (Becca Colwell Art) recently designed a new map for Pine Cay. Learn more here.