Kearny fiber artist explores new world of painting

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather

Becky Drew.JPG

Becky Drew shows off her very first painting on canvas. Vicki Clark | Pinal Nugget


crochet.JPG

Just a sampling of Drew’s crocheted creations.
Vicki Clark | Pinal Nugget

By Vicki Clark

Pinal Nugget

The love of creativity has offered many paths to explore for Kearny artist and artisan Becky Drew. As a youngster she showed her creative side through dancing and was a member of the National Dancing Honorary in college. But it wasn’t until years later that she discovered her many other talents.

She begin crocheting after moving to Kearny several years ago and over time has produced many doilies, tablecloths, runners and much more including 12 altar clothes she has donated to several LDS churches around the state. She is currently working on a pieced bedspread and changes things up by making head warmers using yarn.

She said she has always wanted to paint but didn’t have time when raising kids and working. After she retired from the railroad in 2003, she got interested in tole painting and was hooked. From there she started painting on gourds in all shapes and sizes creating themes, scenes and designs.

“Gourds offer so much especially the larger ones,” Becky said. “After cleaning them up, a marbling effect emerges and my imagination takes over.” She said she usually doesn’t have any plan in mind and lets the gourd talk to her. She has made a whole collection of Christmas ornaments out of the smaller gourds along with several whimsical characters.

Becky started putting paint to canvas a little over a year ago and has discovered a whole new passion producing close to 20 paintings in as many months. She works in acrylics and her subject matter depends on what strikes her fancy at the time. She is associated with the ArtUs Guild in Kearny whose members meet once a week to paint together and will be showing her work during the group’s annual show planned for sometime in April.

Other creative projects Becky has taken on include basket weaving, quilting, Brazilian Embroidery and handmade greeting cards. “I get bored doing nothing,” Becky said. “So I create…that’s what I do for fun.”

In addition to all that she also does genealogy work.

Although much of her works are given away to family and friends, she currently has greeting cards, paintings and gourds available for purchase at the Copper Rose, a flower and gift shop in Kearny.

gourds.JPG

Drew’s imagination takes over as she decorates gourds. Vicki Clark | Pinal Nugget


painting 2.JPG

A floral still life by Becky Drew.
Vicki Clark | Pinal Nugget

Courtney (306 Posts)


facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather
facebooktwitterby feather

Comments are closed.

  • Stories Just Posted

    Town of Kearny Survey

    May 27th, 2015
    by

    Town of Kearny residents please drop off your completed surveys with signatures and addresses to the Town sealed, ready for […]


    Summer Reading Program kicks off at Superior Library: Every Hero Has a Story!

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    This summer readers of all ages will celebrate many types of heroes; the heroes of all ages who walk through the doors of the library each day; the heroes who have


    Getting Lost in the Copper Corridor

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    Can you guess where in the Copper Corridor the cover photo was taken? If you guessed Mammoth, then you would be correct.


    Superior FCCLA heading to Nationals; CVIT makes donation to help with expenses

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    The Superior High School Career and Technical Education Organization  Family, Career, & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students recently participated in State Competition in Tucson, AZ and the following students qualified


  • Stories Just For You

    School garden creates positive impact on students

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    Coordinator
    SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners SaddleBrooke Master Gardeners This school year kindergarten and first grade students at Mountain Vista Elementary School in Oracle, AZ


    The 1959 Copper Strike: Local Event has National Ramifications

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    I I I n 1959, Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the last year of his presidency.


    Self-Healing: Your Health and Scott’s Parabola

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    Each month I read The BackLetter, a medical journal which reviews the latest studies in spine care.  Over the years I have read this, I have seen many high-tech treatments raved


    Self-Defense: Consider Your Surroundings Part 2

    May 26th, 2015
    by

    Y Y Y ou have heard people say “be aware of your surroundings” often enough, but most people think about it in a very limited way.


  • Facebook

  • [Advertisement.]
  • Arizona Headlines & Current Weather