Artist Profile: Courtney Davis-Beckley
Perhaps it was all in a fleeting moment that I “knew”… Maybe I was perched over the Crayola crayon box, thumbing the tops of the colorful cones, meticulously selecting the perfect hue to complete my coloring book masterpiece when it hit me – “I am going to be an artist when I grow up.” As entertaining as that scenario would be, truthfully, I can’t say for certain when it began or when I “knew.” I CAN say, however, that a part of me has always known art and creativity have a special place in my heart.
I have been an active and passionate artist on a serious level for about 15 years. Like most, I began as an art hobbyist at a young age. I enjoyed creating because it gave me a sense of personal value and accomplishment, teaching me that within myself, so many things were possible.
When it comes to my art, I love learning, experimenting, and creating with a wide range of styles, mediums, and subjects. Although my interests vary from time to time, I would have to say acrylic painting has been my main focus for the past several years. Most of my personal paintings are created using a variety of mixed media techniques, meaning I often incorporate other materials or art supplies besides traditional acrylic paint. I love painting all subjects, but my personal favorite is portraits. I specialize in painting people and pets on the regular, and it’s one of my popular commission requests from clients.
In recent years, I have been fortunate to work as a professional artist; in 2013, I opened Ingen Art Gallery & Studio along with my husband, Chris, in downtown Bowling Green. We have enjoyed six years of not only creating art for clients and our personal projects, but also curating local artists and talent for showcasing, as well as teaching basic art classes and connecting our local community to artists. We host a variety of art shows and classes throughout the year. You can learn more about us when you visit our website at www.ingenartgallery.com.
– submitted by the artist