Becca Fox is a British born artist residing in the Los Angeles area and specializing in expressive portraits and figurative work. Her career path was influenced by a well-rounded and supportive family that included creative types like her mother, aunts, and maternal grandfather who was an avid painter and art collector, as well as scientists and engineers like her father and sister. She has been painting and drawing since childhood where she showed early talent and enthusiasm for portraits and oil, winning awards in school competitions. For several years, she honed her skills under the mentorship and instruction of award-winning Russian painter Tamara Geddes, who passed on a love for rich, vibrant color. Becca has a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada, Reno.
While working as a software developer and designer, she became an active member of Reno’s underground art scene helping to ignite the city’s revival as a cultural hub. After taking a brief hiatus to raise her son, she now draws inspiration from yoga, dance, motherhood and her personal experience with mental illness and personal transformation, which influence both her subject matter and her process. Fox is an optimist at heart and seeks to instill her work with a positive, uplifting message.
This is my love letter to humanity. It is how I always have and choose to see us. Who we really are, when we take away the junk we’ve built up around ourselves in our lifetimes. The heartbreaks, the disappointments, the stories about who we think we’re supposed to be, the walls we put up to protect ourselves. This is a story of loving, generous, beautiful, child-like beings who feel things deeply, connect with each other, and live life with passion and excitement. This is a story of the potential we carry in our hearts. To be radiant, vibrant, and powerful.
Two years ago, after giving birth to my amazing son, I underwent a psychiatric crisis and was given a long-overdue diagnosis of bipolar or manic-depressive illness. I remember sitting in the hospital psych ward wondering what was left of me. From there I started a journey of rebuilding my foundation from the inside out, transforming my relationships, taking complete and radical responsibility, and reconnecting with my authentic self. After two years, I am ready to bloom once again and share what I have learned through my work. I believe the greatest gifts and the most lasting lessons are rooted in our greatest challenges.
I have experienced the lowest lows and highest highs of the human condition and I believe this has been my gift of insight. I have learned to see the magical and enigmatic qualities of our emotional rollercoasters. The soul-restoring feeling of gratitude, the dance of anger, the healing power of unconditional love, the beauty of sadness,the resilient nature of hope.
Sometimes we get caught up in the grungies, those conflicts and feelings and stories that take away our power and our light and leave us feeling disillusioned, desperate, and unworthy. And yet, through and underneath these lie the radiant qualities that make us truly divine in our humanity. I invite you to become inspired by these images and what they are calling forth in you. New ways of being.
Rediscover your radiant light.
Now shine it brightly.
I believe that fine art can be an ongoing joyful practice and a personal journey of self-exploration. When I paint, I try to give myself room to be playful while continuing to hone my skills in representation and portraiture. Rather than produce portraits of individuals, I am interested in depicting moments of humanity and transformation, whether it be internal struggle, personal growth, passion, finding stillness, or reconnecting with our roots. I depict dynamic, emotional figures including movements inspired by yoga, dance, and athletics to represent the human body and face as an expressive tool. The use of texture, color, and movement creates pieces that go deeper than the surface layer.
My figures don’t have titles or names or stories behind them in a traditional sense, because to me, they’re more like feelings. Those very human moments of complex, layered emotions, that are difficult to describe in words. The paintings themselves are layered in texture, from fluid washes up to thick impasto paint. Vibrant color suggests a look deeper to represent our inner turbulence in a dramatic, visually beautiful way.
2016 Member Show. “Every Which Way & Then Some,” Showcase Gallery
Santa Ana, CA
2013-2015 Solo. “NadaDada Motel”
2014 Group. “Generator Open House,” The Generator
2013 Solo. “Mental Health,” Sheppard Contemporary Gallery
2012 Group. “BFA Painting Exhibition,” Sheppard Contemporary Gallery
Hugo Rivera Gallery – Laguna Beach, CA 2017 – 2018