GLADYS BECKER�S - BIOGRAPHY
At an early age Gladys loved the Tribune newspaper�s comic strip Betty Boop and began copying the character after watching her Father drawing cowboys and Indians. This was the start of her career in drawing and painting and a lifetime of the love of art in all its many phases.
When she graduated from High School she immediately received a scholarship to the to a Harrison Commercial Art School located at East Ohio Street. Her studies stopped after a couple of years of classes and she got a job with printer on Dearborn Street doing that era�s equivalent of clip art in the form of pen and ink drawings. She went on Meyer Booth soon became another market for her work where she excelled in figurative examples of men, women and children.
World War II saw her devoting her time at the Auditorium Theater�s USO on the second floor Michigan avenue mezzanine where she created literally hundreds of portraits of the soldiers and sailors over a three year period. The war over she married and took up life as a housewife raising a family.With her son in high school, she began to take night school classes again at the local high school and moved on to the same at the American Academy of Art in downtown Chicago where she took up the medium of watercolors. Over the next twenty years she began entering her work in many different regional exhibitions eventually becoming a member of different art leagues including, Mt. Prospect, Oak Park, Park Ridge, and West Suburban as well as serving as the secretary for the Chicago Sketch Club. She has garnered many prize ribbons over the years in recognition for her work in different exhibitions including a Windsor Newton Award for her sunflower painting.
The attended many workshops and studied under many other notable watercolorist�s including Irving Shapiro, Tom Lynch and Dong Kingman. She also painted overseas on different overseas trips including to Italy�s Lake Como and Cinque Terre. Gladys joined the Illinois Watercolor Society in the 1990�s at the urging of Chuck Strissel after he had critiqued one of her paintings at the Chicago Sketch Club. Recently in 2011, she published and anthology of her work entitled, "Studies in Watercolors".
Perhaps of Interest
Artworks are available for purchase as giclees and originals works through this site. A coffee table book entitled, "Studies in Watercolors" of many of her best works is available for purchase on Amazon.com.