Ambassador of the Week: David R. Becker

Meet David R. Becker, this week’s top American Watercolor Weekly Ambassador!


“Wabash at Ontario Chicago” (watercolor on bristol board)
This painting was in a Jack Richeson exhibit and after the exhibit, Jack bought this painting and another that was also in the show.

Since 1961, David has spent all of his artistic life and career in the city of Chicago. Becker studied at American Academy of Art in Chicago and is the reason that a large majority of his subject matter comes from his life here in the city that he loves so much.

“Wacker and Lake Street Chicago” (watercolor on bristol board)
This was in the 2017 TWSA’s show and won the prize of Peoples Choice.

After studying at The American Academy of Art in Chicago, Becker went into illustrating for a major advertising agency J. Walter Thompson and later for Foote Cone and Belding. He also started teaching around the country, right out of school, but always found time for his favorite ambition, creating fine art paintings.

“Palmer House Chicago” (watercolor on bristol board)

David is the author of Watercolor Composition Made Easy, and How to Sketch with Watercolor, both Northlight Books. He has had two different articles published in International Artist Magazine and in Watercolor Magic. Has reached signature status to the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and has won numerous awards for his work from watercolor societies around the country.

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Kelly Kane
PleinAir Magazine and American Watercolor Weekly Editor-in-Chief With more than 20 years experience in art publishing, Kelly Kane has served previously as Editor-in-Chief of Watercolor Artist magazine and Content Director for The Artist’s Magazine, Drawing, Acrylic Artist, and Pastel Journal. She has interviewed many of the preeminent artists of our time and written numerous articles about painting, drawing, art education and art history. She is now the Editor-in-Chief of PleinAir Magazine and the American Watercolor Weekly newsletter. Click here to send her an email.

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