For Becky Floyd, all it took was a summer school in oil painting and voila! We had the pleasure of having her showcase her amazing oil stories at Arte in October at Times Square Centre. It started out as a curiosity to dabble in oil painting, but the result was that she enjoyed it so much that she continued to do more oil paintings at home. By then, Becky had already created paintings in acrylics, but in time she found oil paintings to be her desired painting medium.
This is what the fourteen year old shared with us, “I love colours and I also love the brightness that a still life exudes. I actually enjoy capturing realistic portrayals of still life. I sometimes take photos of still life with my Canon Power shot SX40 HS and then capture the essence of the photo through my oil paintings (a great example is my oil painting featuring cherries). I also use my dad’s more robust camera (he was a photographer before) whenever I feel the need. Of course, I tend to enhance the colour tones in my paintings!” Becky adds that she has always had an interest for photography, long before acrylics and oil paintings arrived on the scene.
The reasons Becky decided to display her work at ARTE was because of her father, who witnessed her fascination with the arts and crafts at other ARTE markets. “After my summer stint with oils, I just decided to jump into creating a series of them and I really had a good time! Of course, as it was my first experience showcasing my work, I felt a bit downcast when I didn’t make a sale, but by the end of the day, I had sold eight paintings and I really felt good about myself!”
Becky has chosen an ideal brand name for her work. It’s called Kitchen Oils. “Personally, I feel that my oil paintings suit being in a kitchen. It adds a certain brightness and spunk to a bare kitchen wall.”
Currently, she is studying for her GSCE, which means a lot of time is spent doing her homework. What about time to create more oil paintings? She says, her eyes gleaming, “Over Christmas and other holidays, I hope to get as much paintings as possible.” We hope so too!
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* All photos used with permission. Sourced from both Becky Floyd and ARTE.