Happy Colorful Expressionist Artist
Hello Beth and nice to meet you. So to start, what part of First Coast do you reside in now and how long have you lived there?
I am from Charleston, SC, and have lived on Fleming Island for 32 years. My husband was a navy pilot stationed at NAS. We also have a beach condo at Jax Beach where we enjoy surfing, walking the beach and painting.
How long have you been doing your craft or trade?
I have always loved art since I can remember. I have a bachelor’s degree in art from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. However, I did not get serious about my art until 2007 when I won the Jax jazz poster contest, which encouraged me to become a professional artist.
What brings out your creativity?
I find beauty in everything! The glowing light, deep shadows and vibrant colors of nature inspire me.
What does your work aim to say? Are you trying to bring a smile to someone’s face or add to someone’s home decor?
People say my artwork makes them happy, which is a nice feeling. It makes me feel good when they love my work and send me a picture of it hanging on their wall. There is something very rewarding about having my paintings hanging in their home.
What is your favorite artistic accomplishment?
Last year the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution awarded me with the Women in the Arts Recognition award. That was an amazing honor and accomplishment for me.
Do you have a specific piece you would love to talk about or promote?
“Treasures of Mayport” I wanted to capture the spirit of Mayport in one painting. My husband served 20 years as a navy pilot. We frequently visited Mayport and enjoyed the beautiful beaches, catching the ferry, eating seafood at Singleton’s, and watching the shrimp boats float by with a flock of seagulls and pelicans hanging out on the docks. Over the years I have taken hundreds of pictures, and I knew it was time to do something with them. Mayport is a special place that many people have enjoyed for years and will always treasure.
What is the best way for artists to network?
Artists need to support other artists. I am very active with the Art Guild of Orange Park. We have around 100 members. I plan the programs and workshops for the year. I have art critiques at my home once a month to encourage other artists. Another wonderful group is the Jacksonville Artists Guild. I would encourage artists not to just rely on social media. It is good to become active in your local art community.
How can we see your work?
Atlantic Beach Arts Market
Joseph’s Fine Art Gallery St. Augustine
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