Becky Wilkes lives with her husband on Eagle Mountain Lake in Azle, TX. Educated as a Chemical Engineer at Texas A&M, she chose to spend much of her life as a stay-at-home mother of four children who have blessed her with a multitude of perfectly fantastical grandchildren. Thus began her study of chaos and order which permeates much of her work.
Prior to being interrupted by the pandemic, Wilkes enjoyed success with Ditched, images of trash collected from the Trinity River watershed. Newer work drew whimsy with these “trashy” photos to re-envision a world without trash and include the beginnings of an environmental children’s book, where plastic bits gather to form whimsical characters. When the pandemic began, she felt compelled to bring her declining parents to live with her and her husband pivoting her to portraiture of their final year.
Ms. Wilkes loves to speak to groups about her projects, especially the impact and variety of trash found “in the Ditch”.