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"Hanging In Havana"
Feature Artist Bio
ARTIST'S OFFICIAL BIO http://bethbathe.com/about
By permission of the artist, The Cyber Art Show is pleased to feature the second of two 12-piece exhibitions of works by American painter Beth Brownlee Bathe (born 1959 in Washington, DC).
Beth Bathe is an artist residing in Lancaster, PA. She has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University ‘81.
After a long career as a graphic designer, Beth now pursues painting full time. Primarily painting in oil en plein air since 2013, she participates in high-profile competitions from Maine to Washington State, including Plein Air Easton, Door County WI, Cape Ann MA, Richmond VA and others, for a total of ten competitions in 2017 alone (see below). Her paintings have won numerous awards and honors.
Beth’s painting style is unique, looking somewhat like a watercolor, or is it an oil painting? She uses Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in thin washes with a limited tonalist palette, using unconventional tools such as squeegees and q-tips along with her brushes. Her representational paintings have been described by critics as evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia-toned photograph, often with just touches of color.
She is highly-influenced by painter Andrew Wyeth, and her subject matter is often what she refers to as the "vanishing landscape", including finding beauty in buildings, barns and old towns of a time gone by and often beyond their prime. Old barns, a Victorian farmhouse, a back alley, a fire escape, an old mill, or an old split rail fence down a country road are common subjects. Beth paints primary on location to catch her subject at a specific time, especially how the light and shadows play on the surface create drama and emotion. She wants to evoke memories of one’s past. Andrew Wyeth stated, “It's a moment that I'm after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment.”
Beth teaches classes and leads workshops at her studio, Short Dog Studio, in Ephrata, PA, where she shares her space with her photographer
partner and three cardigan welsh corgis. She also teaches workshops on location and in 2018 will be in Charleston, SC, Rockport, ME and Richmond, VA.
She is currently represented by Brazier Gallery in Richmond VA, Charles Fine Art Gallery in Gloucester MA, Vermont Artisan Designs in Bennington VT, South Street Gallery, Easton MD and Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore MD. Her work is also included in the “Artist’s of the New Century” show at The Bennington in Vermont, September through December 2017.
• Invited artist Door County Plein Air, WI
• Juried artist Richmond Plein Air, VA
• Juried artist Plein Ajr Easton, MD
• Juried artist Solomons Island Plein Air, MD
• Juried artist Plein Air Texas, TX (alternate)
December 5, 2017
Twelve Pieces by Contemporary Artist
Beth Bathe (Born 1959)
“I find beauty in buildings that are abandoned, or derelict, or soon to be part of the vanishing landscape. My paintings have been said to evoke a sense of “nostalgia” and remind viewers of old hand tinted photos.
I love the way that painting has become such a large part of my life. I now see the world through the eyes of a painter, and it is a beautiful, bright world indeed.”