About Beth Whitney
Beth at the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden
Why I Paint
My purpose in painting is to celebrate God's creative work through the dynamic medium of watercolor. All of creation proclaims the glory of God, and we're surrounded by the evidences of His gorgeous handiwork. Living in the beautiful state of Maine, I find wonderful places to inspire my creativity everywhere I turn. I enjoy painting this beauty and sharing with others.
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter."
I'm particularly fascinated by the interplay of light on a subject as it illuminates colors, textures, and subtle details. I don't really paint light; I paint what light is doing or revealing in the scene before me. Watercolor’s transparent nature enables me to apply thin glazes of color to mirror the qualities of light in the scene before me. The result is an authentic representation of my subject designed to inspire joy in the viewer.
Background & Education
I was raised along the coast of Maine and have been an artist for as long as I can remember. Whether hiking in Acadia National Park, collecting sea glass on Deer Isle, searching for moose in Baxter State Park, rock-hopping on Schoodic Point, exploring the latest blooms at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, or taking a day sail from Camden, I have always been enchanted by the beauty of Maine. I never go far without my camera so I can capture reference material for future paintings.
My parents are both very creative - Mom is an avid gardener and jewelry artist, and Dad is a naturalist, photographer, and musician. Their love of beauty and the natural world provided an excellent foundation for my painting and continues to inspire me today.
I had the most wonderful high school art teacher, Ken Mike, who taught me the foundations of drawing, observation, and color, but I'm primarily self-taught when it comes to painting.
I have a BA in English with History & Bible minors from Cedarville University, and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College.
Over the years, my paintings have been exhibited through several galleries, numerous juried art shows, and a number of invited exhibitions. Perhaps the most notable was a nearly-three month solo exhibition in the Presidential suite of the Maine State Senate.
Today, my work is available through the web, easily accessible for everyone to enjoy and purchase regardless of where they live. I enjoy engaging with collectors personally, learning about why they chose a particular piece.
My original watercolors have been widely collected over the years, and is included in many private art collections throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Middle East. I really enjoy connecting with art lovers and learning how my work speaks to them.
I'm especially excited to be the featured artist for the Inn on Mount Desert, a spectacular new 31-room bed and breakfast in the heart of Bar Harbor. I spent most of this past winter painting my favorite places around Acadia for their permanent collection. All of their in-room art is available as giclee prints (contact me for more info).