Meet The Maker – Becky Cornes

Becky’s work is a journey into the unknown with a purpose to open up a dimension of experience that would otherwise remain hidden, the destination is only disclosed when she gets there. Nature and geometric formations inspire her paintings which have a starting point but then take their own form and direction during the process. Material experimentation and mark making are explored during painting to ensure that Becky’s work has an organic fluid feel but also has the geometric boundaries of natural patterns.

Becky grew up in Hornsea, East Yorkshire and spent many hours walking on the beach, collecting pebbles and sketching the sea. From there she moved to Newcastle on Tyne where she gained her BA (Hons) in Fine Art. She specialised in painting during her foundation year but also studied printmaking, sculpture and textiles.

During her 2nd year Becky studied Fine Art in Finland which has had a lasting impression on her choice of colour palette and remains a strong influence in her work.

Following on from her degree she started working for Northern Stage as a scenic artist and then a few years later trained to be an art director, working on many dramas for the BBC, ITV and Ch4 as well as independent companies for 14 years.

After having children Becky started working at York College where she is now the course leader on the BTEC Extended Diploma in Production Arts where she specialises in teaching set design, prop making and scenery construction.

When Becky is not teaching she spends as much time as possible in her studio painting and producing her own artwork. This is the time that Becky looks forward to all week and she always starts her studio days brimming with ideas for starting points for her paintings.

We are really pleased to bring a selection of Becky’s work to Hebden Bridge as part of our Flora and Fauna Spring exhibition and hope that you love her work too.