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Spotlight on Becky Fos

Date: March 31, 2016 Categories: Blog

As you may or may not know, April is a special (and busy) month for us. Not only is the Jefferson CAC honoring major milestones, but it is also National Child Abuse Prevention Month. We have been incredibly fortunate to receive community support over the years, and this year is no exception. The amazingly talented Becky Fos recently worked with the JCAC for a one-of-a-kind commission entitled “A Mother’s Love.” The stunning 48X60 work of art beautifully depicts our mission and inspiration. We had a chance to chat with Ms. Fos, who now calls New Orleans home after growing up in Central Texas, to talk about her craft, what about New Orleans she finds so inspiring, and what child advocacy means to her.


How did you get your start in becoming an artist?

“Getting my start as an artist just kinda evolved.  I hated seeing the white walls of my living room bare because I couldn’t afford art.  So one day, my son and I decided to head to Michael’s craft store and bought the cheapest acrylic paints along with 2 paint brushes and went to town.  After posting our pictures on FB, people inquired about commission work and I’ve been busy ever since…”


What technique is used when you paint?

“I love color and love texture.   I mix my own colors on the palette and on the painting and use a palette knife to apply the oil paint. I started out with acrylic and a brush, but one day I picked up a palette knife and oil paints. And since then, there has been no going back. I don’t dilute my oils, which is why they take so long to dry.   My texture has gotten thicker and thicker, which means my paintings now take about 6 weeks to dry.   I have never painted a series, I just paint in my signature style – whatever makes me happy. My paintings are a true reflection of my inner happiness & I hope that they can make someone’s heart smile.”


What about New Orleans inspires you the most?

“What doesn’t inspire me about New Orleans?  It’s only #thegreatestcityintheworld….so, that’s a very tough question.  I love the spice of the city, in it’s culture, food, people, festivals.  I gain inspiration from parade goers to the magical Mardi Gras Indians.  The music has a different harmony than that of different cities and a much spunkier flavor.  I gain inspiration from all things swamp that surround the city as well as the seafood, shrimp boots and voodoo queens.”


What is the toughest lesson you’ve had to learn?

“The toughest lesson that I’ve had to learn is charging people for my art.  As an artist, we want whoever likes our art or whoever has a reaction to it to have it forever.  I use to pretty much give my art away until one day my mentor, Terrance Osborne intervened and told me that I need to come up with a price list and stick to it.  You’re worth it and people will take advantage of you if you don’t have one.”


What does ‘child advocacy’ mean to you?

“Child Advocacy for me means standing up and speaking out for the best interest and rights of children.   April stands for Child Abuse Awareness month, and what the Jefferson CAC is doing for this honorable cause has to be applauded. It is an incredibly difficult job that requires thick skin, since it is complex and difficult to study, assess and correct. I hope that with my painting “A Mother’s Love,” I can help raise some funds, to make their jobs a bit easier, and create more positivity and peace in my community.”


What is a random fact that people may not know about you?

“I use to be an aggressive inline skater growing up… I had a nice 4′ grind ledge in my back yard and would go to local skate parks in Austin.”


Well, there you have it. As you can see, we are beyond fortunate to have such a passionate, warm-hearted artist and mother support us in our efforts. The original “A Mother’s Love” will be available for purchase during the live auction of our upcoming Step Up for Children Gala on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at The National WWII Museum. Additionally, a limited number of autographed lithographs are currently for sale. Please contact us at www.jeffersoncac.com or 504-364-3857 for additional information. Thanks again to the inspiring Ms. Fos, and be sure to check out more of her awesome work at Gallery BFos (3956 Magazine St.) or www.beckyfos.com.