At the top of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico Fall 2017 with my husband Dan and our dog Zorro.
Becky Eason Weishampel has lived in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for three years this Fall 2018. Her senior thesis in 2004 at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and Rome still reigns true: "Where I paint is what I paint. What I paint is where I paint." Born in Paducah, Kentucky, she spent her childhood also in Wichita, Kansas, and Allentown, Pennsylvania. Childhood vacations were spent in the grey family station wagon to all points on the country, including New Mexico, to visit extended family.
Becky also goes by the moniker Beckoline for several reasons including: inspired by Japanese artist Hokusai creator of "The Great Wave" who changed his name throughout his art career; the moniker helps with social media; and Beckoline is one of the nicknames bestowed to her upon her husband, by combining Becky and the Neil Diamond song "Sweet Caroline".
Art series in various mediums serves a purpose of reevaluating her identity as her surroundings change over time. This is evident in her quirky Daily Drawings of her domesticated life soon after her wedding in 2007-2008, colorful illustrations of the wildlife viewed from her house in the countryside in Pennsylvania and (and coming soon New Mexico), humorous illustrations of her husband in his natural demeanor, and serene watercolor collages of the Southwest soon after relocating to New Mexico.
Several series have another layer of giving back to the local community and society in general: mural collaborations featuring the local town at a child guidance resource center with her husband and another artist, watercolor pet portraits of dogs and cats at the animal shelter that helped her find her cat Charlie as a kitten (he's now 13!), watercolors of the bountiful parks in Pennsylvania that provided a calm landscape for countless hikes to pause time and escape from the daily grind (coming soon - Albuquerque park watercolors), watercolor portraits of business in downtown Harrisburg to give love/attention to businesses and making a better connection with its owners, a painting series 2x4' on masonite board entitled "Introverted Sanctuary" with its revelations still being crafted and drafted into words, and a photography series entitled "Calm Southwest" of the nooks and crannies of primarily Albuquerque and its surrounding area as a way to help challenge both locals and visitors to appreciate how art is everywhere.
“I think anybody who is writing finds he puts a little bit of himself in all of the characters, at least in this kind of a strip. It’s the only way that you can survive when you have to do something every day. You have to put yourself, all of your thoughts, all of your observations and everything you know into the strip.”
– Charles M. Schulz, 1984