I’m Becky Keenan. Businesswoman to Artist: A Journey of Creative Exploration
I’ve always been a creative. I find creativity in everything I do. From a young age, I was always making things into something else. A nod to my mother who taught me how to make Barbie shoes out of aluminum foil. That’s a story for another time.
I started my first business at twenty-one, which fulfilled a creative desire. I sold it and created another business. After selling that business I created my final business, which I still run today, Network Legal. Most people know me as an estate planner.
In the meantime, I created a home and four beautiful children. I composed music, created gardens, sewed, knitted, and continued making things into something else. But no one had ever told me I could draw or paint. You had to be an “artist” to do that. So, I never tried.
In 2009 I was given the opportunity to paint one night with an “eccentric” artistic genius. We would meet with three other people, all non-artists. We’d gather on the porch of a little fifties house on Lake Wylie. We would begin at 10:00 p.m. and paint until 4 a.m., because that’s what “eccentric” artists do, I assume. It was confirmed that night I could paint and the piece of art that I created opened the door to my love of painting. And so, it began.
For over fifteen years I have devoted myself to portrait painting, from family and friends to pop, culture icons. I love that a portrait captures a piece of history that a family can pass on to their next generation. I paint the eyes as quickly as possible. Once I capture the eyes, I feel as if I can see into their soul. I feel a connection as I analyze every detail of a face, the corner of a mouth, the light reflecting on a cheekbone or a penetrating glance. I’m always striving for the one brush stroke that captures my subject’s unique personality. I want my paintings to evoke thoughts and questions about the stories my paintings tell.
I invite you to look at my work. If you would like to get more information on creating a piece of history for your family, click here.