Painter Rick Becker is self-taught and started painting professionally in 1989, working mainly in acrylics on stretched canvas. The Karoo is the area from which he draws most of his inspiration for landscapes, which are semi – realistic, and portray the solitude and subtle beauty of that area.
For his floral paintings, he likes working on a textured surface, the flowers themselves are painted using a palette knife.
“My abstract paintings are very spontaneous, and quite dependant on the mood I am in, sometimes months go by without me painting one at all. My inspiration comes from nature, classical music, my wife’s poetry, and my grandmother was an artist so I may have some of her genes.”
Rick has had several solo and group exhibitions. In 1990 he was invited to exhibit with other European artists in Holland, and his floral paintings are sent to galleries in France, Germany and Switzerland. His Karoo landscapes are also popular with South Africans living abroad.
Rick also takes on commissions for clients – landscapes, floral or abstract paintings.