Beckie Underwood - April 11, 2019
I am a 74-year-old woman, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, crafter, teacher, lesbian, volunteer, breast cancer survivor…I have been widowed twice, I live alone, by choice, sort of…a lot of the time my home-life is dictated by my 3# Yorkshire terrier.
I have been teaching the Donna Dewberry Method of One Stroke Painting since 2002. I was certified as an Instructor in this technique in 2001 and certified as a Level II Instructor in 2007. I have recently branched out and started teaching other stroke work methods also in my classes to challenge my long-time students to keep learning new things. I teach for the love of art and the passing along the love of it!
One Stroke simply means that you blend, shade and highlight with one stroke of the brush. Although I paint other methods of Decorative Painting (Tole Painting), One Stroke is my go-to favorite when I want to get quick results or need to hand paint a greeting card or gift in a relatively short time.
I love this particular type of Decorative Painting because it is a way for beginners to be amazed at what they can do with a couple colors of paint and a paintbrush in just a few minutes after sitting down for the first time.
I teach every week at the Hayward Senior Center and have been teaching there since I moved back to the bay area in 2010. Before that I was teaching at the Paso Robles Senior Center and also for Paso Robles Recreation and Library Department, and the YMCA middle school after school program. I have also taught at various Assisted Living & Senior Communities and provide private painting lessons for individuals and groups.
I have been on the Board of Directors for the Northern California Decorative Artists Chapter of The Society of Decorative Painters since 2010. I am currently in my second term as their President. I have also served on the Board of Directors of Lavender Seniors of the East Bay since 2011 and am the editor of their monthly newsletter. I facilitate a Pacific Center sponsored LGBTQ peer group twice a month at the Hayward Senior Center. I assistant teach the weekly Mosaics Class at the Hayward Senior Center. I am also the treasurer of the San Mateo County African Violet Society (another love of mine.)