Becky comes from an artistic and literary background. She studied art in the early seventies but got diverted by literature and, latterly, the social development of adolescents.
The research undertaken as part of her MA reconnected her to her own adolescence and it’s influences.
She is a published poet and performs her poetry locally. She was highly commended in the Torbay Poetry Festival competition 2017.
Her work ‘Bedroom shrine to the virgin of the rocks’ was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017.
Currently Becky's art work has two themes:
• Art of the School: Religious influence and on an emerging young artist in the Seventies
• Family Tree: Referencing the objects, places and influences in Becky’s past
Becky paints mainly in acrylic but uses mixed media including materials she used as a child and student to enhance the reference to emerging child artists. Parts of her original childhood and student works are collaged into paintings and some have a deliberate naive quality for this purpose. Works with a reference to religious iconography replicate the paintings in her convent school.
Becky includes works by her father and children to show the artistic tradition that runs through her family. Her father, Peter Draper, owned Milton Head Pottery Brixham from 1950 -59 and became asuccessful playwright. He was a founder member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. The pottery site is featured on the Brixfest heritage trail app. Torbay Libraries held two Milton Head Pottery exhibitions in 2016.
’Visiting Artists’ is Becky’s blog on her website; recalling the influence of her artist father, his friends, convent education and art school education on her life.