About Becky

Becky was born in Cheshire in 1987. She graduated with a BA (hons) Creative Arts degree in 2009 and moved to the West coast of Wales in 2010. Here she finds a constant source of inspiration from the natural landscape and its diverse wildlife. The rugged coastline, estuaries, mountains, offshore islands, as well as the garden and local countryside, are some of the places she most enjoys capturing wildlife in paint. Becky specializes in oils, carrying a lightweight pochade box and easel out into the landscape along with a telescope or binoculars to capture wildlife ‘en plein air’.

 

Becky loves the challenge and excitement of working from a constantly changing scene with moving subjects, enjoying the freshness and spontaneity it brings to her work. Spending long hours in the field gives her a chance to study wildlife behaviour and interactions with the landscape. ‘Painting from nature leads to a constant study of tonal and colour relationships under the changing light conditions. No two days are ever the same, I love working to capture the essence of a scene and convey the atmosphere surrounding wildlife in the landscape’.

 

For information about commissions or purchasing Becky's work, please email: beckythorley-fox@live.co.uk

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MEMBERSHIPS

2021- ASWLA (Associate member of the Society of Wildlife Artists).

https://swla.co.uk/members/becky-thorley-fox

2021- GOWA (Member of the Guild of Waterway Artists).

https://www.waterwayartistsguild.co.uk/page_4762238

GRANTS/ BURSARIES

2021 - The Erik Hosking Bursary. https://erichoskingtrust.com/our-trustees/award-recipients/

 

2020- Creative Pathway Grant, WAC.

2018 - The Erik Hosking Bursary.

2015- John Busby Seabird Drawing Bursary. https://swla.co.uk/bursaries/seabird-drawing-week-busary

2015- Research and Development Grant, WAC.

 



RESIDENCIES

2019- Bardsey Island September. Funded by the Bardsey Island Trust.

https://beckythorley-fox.blogspot.com/2019/10/bardsey-island-art-residency-september.html

2018 -Bardsey Island September. Funded by the Bardsey Island Trust.

https://beckythorley-fox.blogspot.com/2018/10/bardsey-island-autumn-art-residency.html

2018 -Isle of May trip, June, with a group of other wildlife/ landscape artists.

https://beckythorley-fox.blogspot.com/2018/07/isle-of-may-june-23-30th.html

2017 -Bardsey Island April. Funded by the Bardsey Island Trust.

https://beckythorley-fox.blogspot.com/2018/10/bardsey-island-autumn-art-residency.html

2015 - ‘The Living Landscape- Artist Field Studies’, funded by the Arts Council of Wales. Feb-
May. A research and development project exploring drawing and painting from life.  

https://beckythorley-fox.blogspot.com/2015/07/rspb-ynys-hir-research-and-development.html

https://beckythorley-fox.blogspot.com/2015/09/rsbp-ynys-hir-mural.html

2014 -Sketches and Studies project, Ynys Hir RSPB reserve. Displaying field observational studies in the reserve centre from June through to November. The aim of this residency was to begin to develop my drawing skills and ability to capture wildlife direct from observation.https://beckythorley-fox.blogspot.com/2015/07/rspb-ynys-hir-residency-2014.html

PUBLICATIONS

2022- Capturing Garden Birds in Oils, Part 2. The Artist magazine, June Issue.

2022- Capturing Garden Birds in Watercolours, Part 1. The Artist magazine, May Issue.

2022- Capturing the Energy of the Sea. The Artist magazine, March Issue.

2021- Art Life Hack interview: https://art-lifehack.com/the-sea-the-stones-and-the-screams-of-birds-in-the-works-of-the-artist-rebecca-thorley-fox/

2020- Painting the Night Sky. The Artist magazine, December issue.

 

2020- Birds on the Wing, The Artist magazine, November issue.

 

2020- February Artist Feature in Welsh Coastal Life magazine and online Wales and Borders:

https://www.walesandborders.com/news/features.html?id=2263

2019- How to capture Wildlife in Oils from Life. The Artist magazine, November Issue.

 

2019- How to Paint a sunset in oils. The Artist magazine, August Issue.

QUALIFICATIONS
   
2006- 2009 BA (Hons) Creative Arts, Bath Spa University.

2005- 2007 AVCE Art & Design, Mid Cheshire College, London Road Art Studios.