Opening Reception First Friday, February 2nd
This February, be present and reconnect with your authentic self after the rush of the holidays. Join us to explore the human condition, emotion and spirituality through the cerebral portraits of watercolor artist Elizabeth Becker. The opening reception is first Friday, February 2nd, from 5 to 8 PM at Lebanon Picture Frame & Fine Art Gallery.
This month’s featured solo artist Elizabeth Becker is a long-time resident of Lebanon, PA, where she has been working as a part-time professional artist for the past five years. Her artistic journey began as a means of escape and self-expression, later shaped by her studies in psychology. Rather than presenting her portraits as a purely physical likeness, Becker’s focus is on capturing the subject’s “essence and emotional experience.” Concentrating on the “interplay” between the person’s external features and internal essence, she presents her subject as an authentic self. By blurring the lines between representation and abstraction, her expressive and spectral portraiture guides her viewers closer to the way things truly are, rather than as they appear. As the artist considers watercolor a “living” medium that is both immediate and spontaneous, she acknowledges its imperfections and unpredictability. She has learned to “let go” and instead embraced its imperfections along with the unique “happy accidents” which occur during the creative process.
Becker was professionally trained at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, University of the Arts and Millersville University, where she obtained a BA in Psychology and BSE in Art Education. Becker has exhibited at many notable exhibitions, most recently at the 2017 Annual Juried Exhibition sponsored by the York Art Association, as well as the Arts Festival Reading, Goggleworks Center for the Arts, where she won the Award of Excellence and First Place, respectively.