Red Chair Girl

Red Chair Girl, oil on canvas

Bekah Ash received her B.A. in Art Education from the University of Iowa, and continues to live in Iowa City, while teaching in Washington, Iowa.

Bekah paints fictional characters with oils on canvas. Each piece begins with a charcoal drawing on the canvas to help her get a feel for the character and composition. This drawing serves as a foundation for each painting, but doesn't often make it to completion. Usually the first painting won't work out, in which case, Ash will begin a new drawing directly on top of the old, resulting in different layers of under painting showing through the finished top layer. This relationship between the layers of paint ironically adds another level to what is already happening with the characters in her work.

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on April 30, 2005

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