Artist Biography - Bea (Rebecca) Lehmann
I was born in Chatham, Kent in 1976 and now live and work in Faversham. I am primarily a watercolour and wildlife artist whose work explores our alienation from the natural world.
My artistic journey has been entirely self-led. Having drawn since early childhood, I've always been awed by the living world around me. My professional art career began in 2004, when I began taking commissions for my photorealistic graphite drawings of animals. I had my first solo show 'Drawn' in 2013 at Nucleus Arts in Chatham. My wildlife art was also exhibited in Cafe Maroc in Rochester in 2017. My work resides in private collections all over the UK.
Driven to explore different media and more creative forms of expression, I have attended courses on oil painting with Alice Smith (St Martin's), on abstraction with artists Charles Williams and Ashley Hanson, as well as various printing technique workshops. I have also spent some time working with clay, and my 'New Beginnings' collection of otherworldly fungi won me recognition at the Kent Creative Awards in 2017.
I am currently working on a series of wildlife paintings and poems featuring birds and mammals that are found in my local area. Drawing on my pagan spiritual practice, I am exploring our chequered relationship with the wildlife of our land, and what wisdom these creatures – our brethren - have to teach us.