Bel Air Blues
16 x 20 in., oil on panel
Available from artist
Art critics frequently describe Beth’s representational paintings as “evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph, often with just touches of color.”
Beth was a featured artist in the 2018 February/March issue of PleinAir Magazine. A Virginia Commonwealth University graduate. Beth is highly influenced by American Regionalist painter Andrew Wyeth. She refers to much of her subject matter as “the vanishing landscape.” The paintings depict the beauty of a time gone by in buildings, barns and old towns.
Curiosity about the medium Beth works is often the first question of many viewers. Is it watercolor, is it oil? Beth’s answer: “somewhat both.” She works with Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in a limited tonalist palette, using both brushes and a handful of unconventional tools, such as squeegees and cotton. Painting primary on location allows Beth to catch her subject at a specific time, ideally when the light and shadows play on the surface creating drama and emotion. “It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment,” said Andrew Wyeth.
When not at home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Beth is on the road, from Maine to Washington, crisscrossing the country, to paint primarily en plein air, teach workshops and participate in high-profile juried and invitation competitions. Venues have included Door County Plein Air Festival, Cape Ann Plein Air, Plein Air Richmond, Plein Air Festival at Lighthouse Art Center, Plein Air Easton, Bath County Plein Air and Southwest Plein Air.
She is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Outdoor Painter Society, Susquehanna Plein Air Painters and both an Artist member and board member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters (MAPAP).
Brazier Gallery, Richmond, VA
Charles Fine Art Gallery, Gloucester, MA
South Street Art Gallery, Easton, MD
Vermont Artisan Designs, Brattleboro, VA
Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Short Dog Studio, Ephrata, PA