artist bios

Dave Beckett

Dave Beckett's story is a typical one, in that youthful dreams of being an artist and the adult reality of making a living would never mesh.  He spent over 20 years in sales and marketing yearning to make painting a fulltime thing.  He finally gave up the big job, the big house, and the cars and returned to his boyhood home to pursue that dream.  

Dave started painting in pastels at a young age.  His grandfather gave him his first box of pastels and some books on drawing.  He was encouraged by his godmother to paint only in oils but he persisted in pastels.  Though most of his pastels and oil painting is done in his studio, Dave spends much of his time canoeing on a misty Ontario lake at daybreak or searching out objects on a secluded British Columbia beach.

Dave believes art is communicating.  It is a feeling, not just a frame full of paint or pastel.  He paints what he sees, not preconceptions of what he expects to see.  Most of the time he sees from the area around his 150 year old home just outside Orillia.  Despite his proficiency at translating landscapes, Dave is solidly rooted in Ontario and the Canadian Shield figures largely in his work.  Stone slab rocks around Georgian Bay, dilapidated stone barns, lakes carved out of a glacial mass are all often seen elements.

Dave's paintings hang in many corporate government and private collections both in Canada and abroad.

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