I paint nude figures with oil paint as a way to express a specific emotion through body language, movement, and colors. I have been inspired by medieval and renaissance artists, like Michelangelo and Caravaggio, that are known to use the body to twist dark elements and themes of humanity to create powerfully raw works. My artwork gravitates towards darkness and melancholy, although I have a versatile style that shows themes of light as well. Elements I often use are skulls, blood, and movement.
My goal for my paintings are to evoke a response in the viewers wether that response is anger, calmness, isolation or feeling less alone. Watching someone react to the nature of my work can tell me a lot about who they are and what they may desire or fear. I believe that is one of the most powerful things a painting can do.
A Tulsa Oklahoma based painter, Becs Burroughs (Becs Artsalot), turned to oil painting the female form in 2018 after a few life changing events. Painting the female body in it's rawest form is how Becs has normalized vulnerability and nudity as a way to honor ourselves in self-love. It has also helped her in her journey in finding her sexual identity and accepting herself as an LGBT+ member.
Art has always been with Becs throughout her life through drawing portraits, acrylic landscapes, and other creative outlets, but it wasn't until she stopped art to focus on college that she realized how important it is. Figure art is undeniably her passion as she had her work displayed at the OSU student union orange gallery. She hopes that her art can help people realize that the female body is not to be shamed but admired.