at 76 years of age Beckett is renowned for his images of landscape, seascape and still life in pastel and oil. “I don’t limit myself to landscape but paint what inspires me. If the sun touches a particular vase of flowers in a special way, I paint it. The inspiration for a subject is an expression of light. The setting sun on the water … the reflection of the shore at low tide … the mist rising on a tranquil lake … these are just three of my favourite subjects. I have been given this gift to create paintings so others can be lifted out of their everyday routine … and take time to smell the roses or the salt sea air.”
Artist Dave Beckett creates his popular paintings in his studio/gallery, a restored 150 year old log home near Orillia, Ontario. This studio/gallery is also a teaching location for his pastel workshops. When not at home, Dave is gathering material canoeing on a quiet misty lake in Algonquin Park, roaming a secluded beach on the west coast of B.C. or Mexico and sketching the nostalgic rural buildings of early North America.
He is in major exhibitions including The Pacific Rim Wildlife exhibition in 1996. The Buckhorn Wildlife Festival is has been a favourite annual event for Dave’s collectors and has been since 1986. Beckett’s paintings are in many private and corporate collections. The include Government of Canada, Province of Ontario, major Bank collections, and private collections at home, in Europe, the U.K., Japan, and South Africa. He has been invited to jury exhibitions in Quebec, Manitoba and Ontario. He is a signature member of the world wide Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of Canada. Dave has been conducting workshops for various art clubs and associations for the past 40 years. CONDUCTS WORKSHOPS