Becky Pate received her Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Design from Delta State University. She worked in the printing business for three years, then went back to school and received her Master’s Degree in Art Education with a minor in Photography and Sculpture from Mississippi College. She taught Art Appreciation for a short time at Hinds Junior College, then realized that teaching was not her thing. She is presently working in the printing business and paints in her spare time. “I don’t want painting to become like work with the feeling pressure to paint. I want to paint, because I love it.” Becky’s paintings have hung in Nunnery Gallery, Southern Breeze Gallery, Collage, The South, Stodghill & James Rugs and Fine Art, Jackson Gallery, The Attic Gallery and now in Brown’s Gallery.
While working on her Master’s degree at Mississippi College, she was featured in a show at the Baptist Hospital sponsored by Dr. Samuel Gore, head of the Mississippi Art Department. She has been in three shows at The Cedars. One was a “Mother-Daughter” exhibit with her mother, Carolyn Pate, and her sister, Susan Russell. The second and third shows were juried shows where she received an honorable mention from both. In her words,
“Painting is therapy to me, because each one poses opportunities of problem-solving. I try to convey my love and appreciation of light, color and nature, whether in a landscape, still-life or portrait, and I would say my style is a combination of realism and impressionism. My earliest memory of drawing was of horses with legs that looked like tree trunks, but after years of studying the muscles and conformation of these beautiful creatures, and using paints instead of crayons, I believe I have come a long way. Horses have been a part of my life since I was seven years old. My present horse, Callie, can expect a big hug and some apple everyday. I am the fourth of five children and credit my father, Dr. Samuel Ray Pate, with stressing the importance of education and self-reliance. My mother taught me the importance of Jesus in my life and sharing the gift He gave me through my art.” Becky not only paints landscapes and still lifes, but is also commissioned to paint portraits of people and animals. Her most interesting and memorable portrait was that of a banty rooster named, LC, short for Little Chicken.