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Published on May 15, 2018 1:31PM

Last changed on May 15, 2018 1:50PM

"Haunted Yaquina Bay Lighthouse" by Robin Beckwith

"Turtle" by Sharon Cook

The latest Spotlight Show from the Yaquina Art Association features watercolors from Lincoln City’s Sharon Cook and Newport’s Robin Beckwith.

Cook discovered watercolor in 2003 and knew from that moment she would become an artist. When she retired from her position as a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines in 2015, she began the pursuit of her dream: painting every day.

“Beginning a new career late in life means a lot to catch up on and a lot to learn,” she said. “Watercolor is magical, and my goal is to show that magic with spontaneity and surprises.”

Meanwhile, Beckwith has worked as a bartender, waitress, tile contractor, in a plywood mill and lots more — all the time painting when she could.

“Art gives me a reason to exist and a way to make special things for people,” she said. “The image often is something that means a lot to me or the person it is for.”

Beckwith’s love of art began when finger painting at the age of six in Manhattan Beach, California. She took classes at California Institute of the Arts and majored in art at the University of Oregon.

She moved to Newport in 2001 and paints a banner every year for the Nye Beach Banner Auction. While she works primarily in watercolor, pastel and fabric paint, Beckwith also paints murals in acrylic and occasionally works with oils or tiles.

The Spotlight Show will be on display through Friday, May 25, available to view from 11 am to 4 pm daily at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, 789 NW Beach Drive.

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