Artist’s Bio and CV

For a long time Beth’s entrepreneurial career kept her firmly planted on the practical side of the creative process. Meanwhile another Beth, the artist understudy, was waiting in the wing, quietly building the foundations of her practice. The long rehearsal eventually opened the door to juried group shows, a duo show with Roni Jurgensen, plus two solo shows, More POWER to You , and…

Objects in the Landscape. The utilitarian objects that support the Canadian way of life frequently appear in Beth’s work. Instead of editing them out, she makes them central to the composition. She pushes the viewer to look directly at industrial intrusions we’ve trained ourselves to ignore. She invites us to consider our functional, oversized footprints, often at odds with nature’s beauty.

Another recurring theme is food and a celebration of it, food and our relationship to it. As a necessity, something we touch daily, Beth finds it a rich place to play.

Beth’s pieces are recognizable by the priority she gives to colour and light. She builds thin layers of acrylic on canvas, sometimes adding scraps of text, photos or found elements like feathers. Wordplay drives her titles, subtle surrealism and humour her subject and material choices.

Originally from the Foothills of Alberta, Beth lives and paints in Fernie, BC, a mountain town within the homelands of the ?amaki?, the Ktunaxa. Find her CV here.