Becky Beerensson’s artistic style might be called enhanced realism. By working in black and white, Beerensson is able to concentrate on composition. Subject matter becomes irrelevant, as long as the composition and mood are right. At first glance, her work may appear more abstract than real, expressing a large, over-all flow of lights and darks. But on close examination, her fascination with realistic detail becomes apparent. She is drawn to contrasts – visual, as well as emotional. Even the most mundane subject can express beauty and evoke a mood.
Beerensson’s technique is one that evolved over the years, from pen and ink, with washes, to today’s dry-brush technique, in which the ink is applied layer by layer, to achieve an extensive range of values.
Becky Beerensson began art studies as a child at the Wichita Art Association in her hometown of Wichita, KS, and continued through high school. She received her Liberal Arts degree, in French and Political Science, and Masters Degree in French, from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She spent her junior year abroad in Strasbourg, France.
She has lived in Brevard County, FL, since 1968. After teaching French for four years at Melbourne High School, she returned to artistic endeavors, focusing on drawing. Her style might be called enhanced realism, concentrating on composition, mood, and detail. Her medium is ink. Her technique has evolved over the years from pen and ink, with washes to today’s dry-brush technique, in which the ink is applied layer by layer to achieve an extensive range of values. She is drawn to contrasts and visual, as well as subject-matter. Her work has won numerous awards at juried exhibitions throughout the state.
She has also taught piano privately, and since 1982 has worked as a piano technician and musician performing on piano and harpsichord. She is married and has 2 grown sons.