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beth cartland

I love the process of painting - the physical process of applying paint to canvas.  I feel a real sense of freedom in allowing a spontaneous application of color and line to the prepared surface.  There is energy in painting that connects the external world and my private interior space. I appreciate the dialogue that takes place between the painter and the work in progress. Each painting has its own demands and evolves and reveals itself thru the process of painting.

 

The process almost always begins with a line, or many lines drawn in a quick response to overcome the blank canvas before it intimidates me.  Then, I like to hang shapes and colors and textures among the lines.  Sometimes they tell a story or illustrate an emotion, but not always. Often I add objects to the surface of my work, creating a collage out of patterns and paint, line and texture.  When working with a live model I will start with a line drawing that is fairly representational but will then work itself into an abstraction of the mood or motion of the model.

 

For me, abstract art, like life, is always accessible and inaccessible at the same time. Both tangible and mysterious, abstract art contains the elements of surprise and spirituality.

 

BIO:  Beth was born in Kansas City, MO but has lived in a variety of places in the United States and in Germany with her military husband and family.  She is now a resident of Washington, DC where she has her studio.  Beth has exhibited extensively in the United States as well as Venezuela, China and with the Arts in Embassies Program of the Department of State.  Cartland received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from The American University and studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Cameron University, and the University of MO.