When we asked interior designer Jamie Beckwith to describe some of her dimensional abstracts, one of the first words she used was “decay”.
“There’s that wabi-sabi Japanese technique of ‘broken is better,’ like the decay of an old building,” she said. “I like the imperfections of the works – the crumbling of paint – there’s a beauty in that to me.”
Her technique involves not just the creation of a work, but the destruction of it too.
“What I was painting felt beautiful, but there was something interesting in seeing what could be created by removing some of that paint,” she said. “Something entirely different emerges.”
Beckwith’s layer-rich paintings feature a mix of patterns and repetitive organic shapes, with shadows and graphic markings across for added dimension.
Beckwith says being an interior designer definitely has an influence on her work. “I try not to get stuck on trends,” she said. “But instead, get feedback from people, hear what they’re gravitating towards and understand what they’re looking for.”
Once she’s ready to tackle a new piece, scent and sound also play a role. She’ll turn on any type of music from classical to super heavy rap (“Remember, I have three teens in the house,” she said.), light her favorite Cire Trudon candle (“My favorite is the Ernesto scent.”) and get started.
Beckwith, who’s been painting for as long as she can remember, only decided to put her work out into the world about two years ago.
“I asked myself, ‘Why am I nervous about sharing this when it brings me so much joy?’” she said. “With painting, it’s just me and my craft. It’s intimate and I can do it on my own. What’s there to be afraid of?”
See more of Jamie’s work at @jamiecbeckwith.
Plus, be on the lookout for more paintings by both Aileen Fitzgerald and Jamie Beckwith right here at Four Hands.