Beth has been a practicing artist and graphic designer for many years. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in Communication Design at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville after studying at the University of Texas in Austin.
A resident of the south and southwest, Beth creates with influences from these locales. The eccentricities and vibrancy of New Orleans, where she was born, and the colors of San Antonio and Santa Fe, where she spent many years, are found in her work. Living in Florida for twelve years added an additional burst of color and tropical experience. A recent move to the Atlanta area has brought reminders of the years spent in New Orleans and its environs. The palette of southern light and southern people is a coming home for this artist.
Beth’s portraits of the co-directors of the World Shakespeare Project were featured in the Emory University Quadrangle publication in Winter 2012. The portraits were also used in materials for “My English Breath in Foreign Clouds” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Summer 2013.
In October 2012 she won first place in the Southern Breeze SCBWI illustration competition with her P.J. Tried and Tried to Make Friends with the Horses.
Oil portraits have become a popular commissioned component of Beth’s portfolio.
In June of 2011 Beth relocated to the Atlanta area. She was warmly welcomed with an invitation to participate in the “Little Things Mean a Lot” show at the Swan Coach House Gallery. In the fall of that year her work was accepted in the “Pour for Prevention” show in Sacramento, California.
At the beginning of 2011 Beth was pleased to learn she would be included in the Billboard Art Project. Her work was displayed with that of other artists from around the world on a digital billboard in Savannah, GA in May for a 24 hour period. This was an effort to bring art to the public in a form not typically considered for more than commercial use. At the same time she made up half of a “Dynamic Duo” with Florida artist M.K. Shaw. Their piece, “Home” was shown in Connecticut at the Celebrations Gallery.
In December of 2009 and 2010 Beth had paintings juried into the Artistsregistry.com members show. In 2009 her Lady of the Stars won an award of merit at this show at the Gallery at Avalon Island in Orlando. Spring of 2010 found Beth serving as Artist of the Month for the Casselberry Art House in Central Florida. Her work has been chosen for two years to sell at the Trinity Preparatory School juried art bazaar. For a personal challenge she submitted a moleskine journal to the Art House Co-op in Atlanta, GA for its 2009 Sketchbook Tour of several American cities. It was accepted.
In addition, Beth’s paintings have been shown in the Dallas area, San Antonio, in Santa Fe, in Sanford and Orlando, Florida. She has also received awards for her painted furniture in the HEB area of North Texas.
Beth served as librarian at the Sweetwater Episcopal Academy. Continuing her experience in education she served as editor and designer producing five yearbooks for another private Orlando school. In San Antonio Beth was art director and designer in the public relations department of a university. Prior to that she worked for the Amoco Production Company and the Placid Oil Company. She also served as an outreach educator for the Morse Museum of Winter Park, FL.
Beth has also been involved in her community through volunteer work for the Stride Ahead Equine Therapy program in Decatur, GA., San Antonio Symphony, Grapevine/Colleyville School District, Ft. Worth Christian School, Colleyville Woman’s Club, St. Andrew’s Methodist Church of Bedford, Trinity Preparatory School, and Orlando Museum of Art.