Pamela Becker

I have always enjoyed observing the pure innocence in children and animals. I like to watch their minds at work and how they interact with life. Children naturally love to learn new things. To best facilitate my illustration, especially for children's books, I become the eyes, ears and heart of the child from the inside out. Children are brilliantly curious about everything, and will tell you exactly what they see and feel.

I've been drawing all my life and it comes to me as easily as breathing. I enjoy the challenge of taking on projects that I sense will expand my knowledge of the world and of myself. I am nurtured by creative collaborations that fulfill the potential of the vision of who I am working with.

I learned pen & ink and tonal drawing as well as color theory and poster design from children's book author and illustrator, Chris Van Allsburg. He encouraged his students to capture the peak moments in a story- so that each illustration is an entire tale in itself, full of nuance and imagination. Having been sculptor before illustrator, he was keen on three-dimensional shading, and exalted us to open our minds and imagine different light sources on our subjects. Now, I build models and photograph them with the help my new Nikon and studio lighting.

It is from a quiet state and the still beauty of the high desert that my art is conceived. I enjoy engaging a project in depth, and then from all possible vectors of potential I begin sketching and then move on to final art.

At this point in my career, the Mac computer has become as comfortable as a brush to me. I still work in the classic methods of painting or printmaking, then embellish the scanned image layer by layer in Photoshop until I sense its completion. In the current digital environment, my traditional illustration approach allied with cutting edge technology combines to create enhanced value.

Extensive global travel has allowed me to experience a variety of cultures and societies. As a consequence, my art has taken on the patina of diversity. My deeply felt connection to a global sensibility is reflected in the patterning and textures of my illustrations.

I seek to capture the essence of life in all my art. Discovery, expansion, awareness, learning. I portray the wonder, curiosity and vivid imagination that any text or concept deserves.

B.F.A. Illustration; Rhode Island School of Design '86
(Special study in color theory and portraiture with Chris Van Allsburg and David McCaulay)?
Intro to Art Therapy; San Francisco State '90?
Integrative Yoga Therapy; teacher training and Yoga Therapist training '90-'92?
Sound Movement Integration; teacher training '93-'02?
Mas, Bali; Indonesian mask making and dance '97

Produced 40 educational children's posters for IBM ?Illustrated over 25 children's books ?Approved Disney and Warner Brothers Illustrator ?Illustrated and designed yoga posters and yoga manual for Integrative Yoga Therapy ?Art Director of Four Corners Magazine, Sedona, AZ? Creative Director for Big Vision Graphics, Sedona, AZ

The following is an alphabetically ordered representation of
Pamela Becker's client list:

AZ Republic Magazine
Bagby & Co. Advertising
Bell Helmets
Conari Press
Current Corp.
Custeau Kids
D'lish Very Vegetarian Restaurant
Doubleday Books & Music Club
Four Corners Magazine
Integrative Yoga Therapy
Gallo Winery
Lewis Galoob Toys
Marcel Shurman Fine Gifts
McClanahan Book Co.
Quarasan Group
Safety First
San Francisco Music Box Co.
Scholastic, Inc.
Scott Foresman
Shoot the Moon Product Development
Tiger Toys
Twentieth Century Fox
Warner Brothers
Westland Giftware
YES! Entertainment Corp.

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