Artist Interview: Becky Martin
What are your earliest memories related to art?
My mother use to try keep me busy when I was very young. She would take a sheet of paper and draw row after row of circles on it. It was my job to fill in each circle with a face and hair. I have a few copies of those sheets in my art memory box.
How and when did you start becoming an artist yourself?
I was a young artist and can remember sitting at the East Texas Fair doing an art demonstration with pastels. I was in grade school…maybe fourth grade.
What was the evolution like toward finding your current voice and visual vocabulary?
Acrylic paints were the catalyst that threw me into painting. The colors and the quick drying time were so different than the smells and drying time of oils.
What is your process like?
The Gyotaku process is very involved in the preparation of the fish. I often freeze the uncleaned fish and then when ready, thaw a bit, arrange the fins with a fixative, close up all of the body openings, cover the eye and then paint back to front with an ink. I print the fish on silk and mistakes can be very pricey.
Is there anything from your artist statement that you wish to expound on, that you normally don’t have the chance to discuss?
I love to do every type of art I enjoy watercolors, oil, ink, acrylic …any or all and I love to embellish with gold leaf.
What do you try to control in your surfaces, and what do you leave to chance?
I often leave the background somewhat to chance, if the subject is very detailed and totally grabs the eye.
Where do you see your work going from here?
I hope people treasure my art forever and that it lives on way beyond my years.