About Beth

Background

I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. Whether hiking in Acadia National Park, searching for moose in Baxter State Park, collecting sea glass on Deer Isle, donning my woven hat for a garden tour, or sailing along the coast, I have always been enchanted by the beauty of Maine. My parents are both very creative - Mom is an avid gardener and jewelry artist, and Dad is a naturalist, photographer, and musician. As a teenager/young adult, I studied with Ken Mike, Donna Wolfe, and Mary Laury, but I'm primarily self-taught when it comes to my watercolors and more recent foray into the tricky world of acrylics.

Purpose

My purpose in painting is to celebrate God's creative work through the dynamic medium of watercolor. Nature is so excellently designed, full of life, beauty, and inspiration everywhere you turn. One thing I love about art is that it lets us see the world around us through someone else's eyes. Everything about a painting, the subject, medium, colors, and even the brushstrokes, works in concert to transport viewers into that particular moment and place. Observing a painting is definitely not a passive experience. The viewer should feel the warmth of the sun, smell the fresh ocean breeze, hear the roar of the crashing surf, and taste the salty seaspray!

Exhibitions

My paintings have been exhibited through several galleries, numerous juried outdoor art shows, and a number of exhibitions. Perhaps the most exciting was a 2+ month solo exhibition in the Presidential offices of the Maine State Senate several years ago. Today, my work is available through the web, available for everyone to check out regardless of where they live.

Collections

My work has been widely collected over the past 17 years, and is included in many private art collections throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. I love connecting with collectors and learning about why they have chosen a particular piece.