Jerry Becker won his first art award at the age of seven. It was a second place ribbon in an All City Art Exhibit in Tacoma, Washington, where he was born on December 17, 1928. He studied at the Cornish School of Allied Arts and the Derbyshire School of Fine Arts, both in Seattle.
Becker is also a musician, playing multiple instruments – the piano organ and drums. Having graduated from the Army Navy School of music, he was in the 21st Army Band at Ft. Lewis Washington. Becker has spent a number of years, teaching at Tacoma community College, Ft. Steilacoom community College, Puyallup School District, and the Franklin Pierce School District.
He has taught watercolor workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, Arizona, and Texas, and is a member of the Arizona Watercolor Guild, the Whiskey Painters of America, and the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies. He has won more than 50 awards in juried shows and done over 65 one- man shows, including a showing at the Fry Art Museum in Seattle. There are numerous collectors in America and abroad.
Artist’s Statement: “I have painted in many different styles, both realistic abstract and semi-abstract. I enjoy semi-abstract the most; trying to bring out subject matter in a different way. Stressing the feeling of ambiguous space has always interested me the most. I also enjoy the loose, free realistic landscapes.”
(Artwork pictured here left to right from the top: Beach House, Farm Buildings, High and Dry, Northwest Lighthouse, Oregon Beach and Rowboats at Low Tide.)