Tea with… Artist Becky Bettesworth
Few artists can capture the essence of the British coastline like Becky Bettesworth. Her vintage seaside posters are instantly recognisable, with their explosive colours and iconic subject matter.
Inspired by vintage 1930s travel posters, Becky celebrates the natural beauty of the South West of England and has created a series of high quality poster prints in homage to some of her favourite locations in the region.
Becky moved to Devon in 2001, where she now lives with her husband, three children and golden retriever Twiggy, just a stone’s throw from one of South Devon’s many idyllic beaches. With such talent right on our doorstep we were keen to get together and find out more about her creative process and what she loves about living in this part of the world…
What inspires you?
The beautiful beaches I am lucky to have on our doorstep in Devon. The natural beauty and natural elements, glistening seas, wide windswept beaches, rugged coastal paths all make up the scenery of where I live. Sharing special times and moments with my family and friends.
Your work is instantly recognisable. How long did it take you to perfect your style?
My style has evolved very naturally. I am true to myself and I ensure that each picture isn’t rushed but created individually in order to capture the unique and individual elements of what makes each place so special.
Can you describe your studio space?
I surround myself with things I love and that hold a special meaning and memory to me. I have an eclectic mix of mementos which I have collected over time, all of which inspire me. My postal room is organised by my amazing team with everything still being packaged and posted from my studio at home to add that personal touch.
What would you say your favourite part of your job is?
Being creative! Seeing an initial idea and thought process right through to the fruition of creating a final picture is wonderful and I never lose that complete joy at producing a new piece.
What about least favourite?
Admin and emails! But I luckily have an amazing assistant who helps to keep me organised!
Are you a tea drinker or a coffee fan?
Tea every time! It tastes all the better in a pretty china cup, probably picked up in a second hand shop and served from a beautiful tea pot.
What do you love about living in this part of the world?
I am so lucky to have all this stunning coastal and countryside right on my doorstep in Devon. The rugged coastline, pretty unspoilt coves and long sandy beaches contrasting with the wild beauty of Dartmoor.
Where is your favourite place to take a stroll with the family?
We can walk straight from home along the coastal path to a variety of picturesque beaches. We’ll stop off with a thermos of tea, cakes for the children and throw some stones into the sea for our dog, Twiggy.
You give a lot back to the local community through your work. What charities and causes are you most passionate about?
I get many requests to support both local and national charities and causes and I certainly try to help whenever I am able. I love the fact that my pictures give pleasure to so many people and this can help many wonderful and worthy causes, this certainly touches my heart.
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