Victoria Beckert has studied many different art mediums but has a passion for watercolors. They are fun and everyone has the ability to paint! 2018 marks the fifth year Victoria has been holding “Watercolor & Lunch” workshops at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum. In 2017 she was made curator for the exhibits shown annually in the Annex Galleries of the Manor House. She also coordinates other art workshops and has introduced 4 new artists who will teach at the arboretum this year.She has shown her work, locally, at the BAFFA Art Gallery, Islip Arts Council, Patchogue Art Space, Art League of Long Island and the Stony Brook Long Island Museum. She is a member of various art groups such as Islip Arts Council, Southampton Artists, Wet Paints Studio Group, East End Arts Council & Women Sharing Art. Victoria has donated her artwork, “Musical Notes,” to the Islip Arts Council for use in their publicity for their annual Jazz Festival and artwork for a poster for LI2Day Walk for Breast Cancer. She is on the Board of Directors of Women Sharing Art, Inc. a not-for- profit group of women artists who give annual student scholarships to upcoming young artists from our local schools. Victoria teaches watercolor in workshops held throughout Long Island and in her home studio.
As an artist, I find that working with watercolors, combining the paint and water, very freeing as I apply it to the paper. There are always happy surprises and various textures that add interest to my paintings.
There are also many techniques such as using ordinary table salt, candle wax and saran wrap that make watercolor paintings pop as well as painting with a 99 cent Bristol brush! The less control I exert on one of my painting the better the final outcome. It is not to say that there is no thought going into my paintings and there might even be more since watercolors are transparent, your whites are the paper and you work backwards from other mediums by painting light to dark. You also need to have patience, as layers need to first dry, before applying the next one or finishing with fine detail work. I find these different processes very relaxing and hope that my pictures bring smiles and calming emotions to my viewers.