BEC WINNEL – Interview with the accomplished Melbourne artist

Love and Adore . Pastel and pencil on paper . 29 x 29 cm . 2014
Love and Adore. Pastel and pencil on paper. 29 x 29 cm. 2014
Interview with the accomplished artist, who specialises in pastel, pencil and watercolour. Her beautiful, ethereal portraits are as stunning as they are magical. Lara Antonelli chatted to the Melbourne native to find out what inspires her to create her dynamic, mysterious, feminine and alluring characters.

1. WHERE DO YOU DRAW MOST INSPIRATION FOR YOUR ARTWORK FROM?

It’s always changing and I’m never quite sure. But it definitely radiates from, or begins with,my emotions and my heart. I love old things. Old photos, old clothes, or anything that has been once loved and cherished by someone. I love girly things too, like fashion, makeup,hair, and glitter. Although, I’m also a tomboy at heart, having been raised fishing and camping, doing martial arts, joining Army Reserves for some time. I blame my Dad for this. I also love nature, especially flowers. You can never not feel joy when you look at a beautiful, blooming flower.​

2. YOUR ILLUSTRATIONS SEEM TO CENTRE ON FEMININITY AND SOFT SENSUALITY. DOES THIS REFLECT YOUR INNER SELF AND WOULD YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A KEEN ROMANTIC? ​

Yes, a very keen romantic at heart. I love nothing more than a beautiful kiss, a soft touch on the face, a loving, embracing cuddle. Sensuality is one of the best emotions I know of! It is love mixed with happiness.

3. IS IT TRUE THAT ‘MY CHARLIE GIRL’ (THE GUISE IN WHICH YOU USED TO WORK) IS THE NAME OF YOUR DOG?

Yes. Her name is just Charlie, but most people assumed she was a boy, so her name lengthened for introductions. I’d say, “This is my Charlie Girl”… then people knew she was a girl. It’s not like her pink, diamante-covered collar and perfect haircut weren’t a big enough give away??!!

4. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT MELBOURNE AND WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BEST WAY TO CAPTURE OUR CITY ARTISTICALLY?

Melbourne is where most of my family are and all of my friends. There’s always allot to do and everyday brings with it something new or I see something that inspires me, whether it is a music gig or an exhibition or some of our cool St art that is around. Living here and creating and exhibiting art seems to capture the spirit of Melbourne, just being a part of it, you are expressing your creativity, inspired by living and growing here.

5. WHAT EMOTIONS TIE YOU TO MELBOURNE AND WOULD YOU ALWAYS WANT TO CALL THIS CITY HOME?

It’s definitely my home right now and probably will be for some time. Here I feel inspired and feel like I am around other creative people too. My sister, that I adore, is here too, so that’s lovely.

Muliebrity . Pencil and pastel on paper . 28 x 40 cm
Muliebrity. Pencil and pastel on paper. 28 x 40 cm.
Nancy. Pencil and pastel on paper . 18 x 25 cm . 2013
Nancy. Pencil and pastel on paper . 18 x 25 cm. 2013
S.O.S . Pencil and pastel on paper . 12 x 19 cm.
S.O.S. Pencil and pastel on paper. 12 x 19 cm.
Grace . Pencil, pastel and acrylic on paper . 27 x 39 cm . 2013
Grace. Pencil, pastel and acrylic on paper. 27 x 39 cm. 2013
You Complete Me . Pastel and pencil on paper . 30 x 46 cm
You Complete Me. Pastel and pencil on paper . 30 x 46 cm.

For more information on Bec Winnel, please visit: http://www.becwinnel.com

Interview was conducted by Pen To Paper’s Lara Antonelli on behalf of MFD – Manhattan Fashion Directory.

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