20 x 16 in.
Oil on panel
Beth Bathe is an artist residing in Lancaster, PA who paints primarily en plein air and participates in high-profile juried and invitational competitions from Maine to Washington State. In 2017 she is a juried artist in ten competitions, including Plein Air Easton, MD, Door County WI, Cape Ann MA and Richmond VA. Her paintings have won numerous awards and honors.
Critics have described her representational paintings as “evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph,” often with just touches of color.
Beth’s painting style is unique. A viewer often wonders, “Is it a watercolor or is it an oil painting?” The answer is, “somewhat both.” Beth works with Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in a limited tonalist palette with unconventional tools such as squeegees and cotton swabs, along with her brushes.
Highly influenced by American Regionalist painter Andrew Wyeth, Beth’s subject matter is often what she refers to as the “vanishing landscape.” The paintings depict beauty in the buildings, barns and old towns of a time gone by. Scenes often include structures beyond their prime: an old barn, a Victorian farmhouse, a back alley, a fire escape, an old mill or an old split rail fence down a country road.
Beth paints primary on location to catch her subject at a specific time, especially how the light and shadows play on the surface creating drama and emotion. “It’s a moment that I’m after, a fleeting moment, but not a frozen moment,” said Andrew Wyeth.
Beth has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches classes and leads workshops at her studio, Short Dog Studio, in Ephrata, PA, where she shares her space with her photographer partner and three Cardigan Welsh Corgi dogs. She is currently represented by Brazier Gallery in Richmond VA and Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore MD. Her work will also be included in the “Artist’s of the New Century” show at The Bennington in Vermont in September 2017.
View more of Beth’s work at www.bethbathe.com