Becky Del Doodles is Finding the Joy in Change Work and Art
Local artist Becky Del Doodles is a social worker at a non-profit that serves children and families by day and an artist by night. Her distinct, colorful art style coupled with her commitment to what she calls “change work” has helped her make a mark on the 518 art scene and on her Instagram platform.
“The art is what sustains me in doing all of the work,” said Becky. “Finding joy is essential in sustaining that work.”
While she did not initially intend on becoming a social worker, Becky found her calling toward mental health as a student at NYU, and completed a dual masters focusing on Social Work and Children’s Mental Health at Adelphi University on Long Island.
Her Mom supported creativity from a young age – this led Becky to a life where art was encouraged and significant to her. Becky took art programming and classes in high school, but really revisited the craft as an adult fully engrained in the social work profession. She says that revisiting this after claiming social work as her profession is really when art became a form of self-care, and how “Becky Del Doodles was born.”
Becky moved to the Capital District from New York City with her husband right before the initial COVID-19 shutdown in 2019 – she shared that it was difficult to found people to connect with after moving. She later opened a booth at the Lark Street Mercantile, where she subsequently rolled out her Art for Advocacy initiative; the initiative was something she felt called to do after the murder of George Floyd.
“I’m taking up literal space [at the Mercantile],” said Becky. “How can I use this space to amplify other people?”
So the Art for Advocacy initiative was born, and it will soon be returning to the Becky Del Doodles web store, where she hopes to donate profits to The Vegetable Project, a local non-profit affiliated with the Albany City School District, throughout the month of April 2022.
When discussing her art and advocacy, Becky makes it clear that no one does “[advocacy] right one hundred percent of the time.” She believes that everyone has their own best possible way to contribute to change, and that it’s important to engage with that change work in a manner that works best for an individual person.
Becky is excited at the thought of becoming involved even further in the arts community here in Nippertown; a place where there are many artists who look at change and connection through art like she does.
“I found myself on this winding road,” said Becky. “Taking opportunities as they came up… but to know that there are people in this area that are committed to doing change work through what they’re passionate about really excites me.”