Title: Nature is Beautiful
I consider myself a watercolor naturalist and am passionate about nature and the natural environment. I think this is evident in my art. In large part, I paint what I know...the animals in my care at home and on the farm and the nature around me. For a larger canvas I also paint murals with acrylic paints. I studied art at Georgetown College though the skills required of painting in watercolor and water media are largely self-taught over the past 15 years.
I love the freedom I feel when painting with watercolor while watching the flow of colors onto white paper or Aquabord. The way colors interact, merge and change into something new with watercolor fascinates me. The mental challenges of watercolor, and finding their solutions, keep me curious and searching. Some of these have almost spiritual qualities; teaching lessons of letting go, staying present, and working with life’s mistakes. I am forever grateful for eyes that get to see the glorious colors on my palette and for hands that can try to do them justice.
While I continue to enjoy doing realistic animal and nature paintings, I have been practicing “loosening up” some of my nature paintings also. Trying to put the paint on the paper and letting it mingle with other colors while still wet and without overworking it remains a great challenge. Sometimes I “get it” and achieve what I set out to do, but other times the “it” remains elusive. ( I suspect my muse knows how to keep me motivated. Her name is Reggae.) It is this challenge that inspires me to keep learning and improving my art. I hope others find as much enjoyment in the viewing as I do in creating it.
By Beth Bale
Application for Exhibition
Please fill out the following form if you are interested in displaying your art at our center on the ground floor of N.C. Women’s Hospital. We have three distinct areas to show artwork. Once the form is completed, someone from Women’s Health Education Center will contact you about what months are available.