Return of The Swallows
16 x 20 in.
oil on panel
Available at Church Street Gallery, West Chester, Pennsylvania, February 14 – March 28, 2020
Highly influenced by American Regionalist painter Andrew Wyeth, Beth Bathe’s subject matter is often what she refers to as the “vanishing landscape.” The paintings depict beauty in the buildings, barns and old towns of a time gone by. Scenes often include structures beyond their prime: an old barn, a Victorian farmhouse, a back alley, a fire escape, an old mill, or an old split rail fence down a country road.
Return of The Swallows, painted at a historic farm not far from Wyeth’s Pennsylvania home, is in Beth’s solo show at Church Street Gallery, opening February 14 through March 28, along with fifty more of her paintings.
Critics have described her representational paintings as “evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph,” often with just touches of color. Beth’s painting style is unique. A viewer often wonders, “Is it a watercolor or is it an oil painting?” The answer is, “somewhat both.” Beth works with Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in a limited tonalist palette with unconventional tools such as squeegees and cotton swabs, along with her brushes.
Beth is an artist residing in Lancaster, Pennsylvania who paints primarily en plein air and participates in high-profile juried and invitational competitions from Maine to Washington State. For the past several years she has been a juried or invited artist in ten plus competitions a year, including Plein Air Easton, Maryland; Door County, Wisconsin; Cape Ann, Massachusetts and Sedona, Arizona. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been a featured artist in several publications including the magazines Fine Art Connoisseur and PleinAir Magazine (Feb/March 2018). Bathe holds an open studio for life drawing with a model twice a month at her studio, Short Dog Studio in Ephrata, Pennsylvania and conducts workshops at other locations including Wayne Art Center where she will be teaching on Saturday, April 4, 2020.