16 x 20 in.
Oil on linen

Near Beth Marchant’s home in Richmond, Virginia, is a farm with belted galloways. Several times she has walked amongst the cows taking dozens of photos. Lakenvelder is a product of a recent visit. Beth finds, whether painting a cow or a dog, the eyes of an animal tell a lot about the purity of the soul of the creature.

Beth has been drawing and painting professionally for over thirty years. She is best known for her architectural subjects and has had more than 1000 private commissions from all over the United States. Clients have included the US Navy, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, The American Heart Association and Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

A studio art major in college, Beth is constantly learning by reading books by acclaimed artists and participating in workshops. She credits her love of architecture to the success she has had through the years for architectural renderings and house portraits in watercolor. For over 20 years she has been the designated illustrator for The Guidebook for Historic Garden Week in Virginia, painting around 30 watercolors for that publication per year.

After her children left for college, she returned to oils – painting landscapes, cityscapes, children and animals, including dogs, cats, horses and cows.

“I am mostly a studio painter but l love to paint en plein air whenever possible,” says Beth. “I received a BA in Studio Art but consider myself a self-taught artist. For me, the learning never stops. Every chance I have to gain invaluable knowledge and insight from participating in many wonderful workshops over the years, I am there! I think that drawing is my strength and I have started giving drawing workshops.”

Until recently most of her paintings were commissions, but in the past several years, she’s been painting increasing for gallery exhibits. Her most recent solo show was at Brazier Gallery in Richmond, Virginia.

Beth’s accomplishments include acceptances into the Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Juried Exhibitions, 2008, 2009, 2013. She received a Third Place award in Plein Air Richmond 2012, Honorable Mention for Plein Air Richmond 2016 and 2017, First Place in the Fast and Fresh Competition 2016, and an Award of Excellence in 2018. Recently Beth was juried into the NOAPS 2018 “Best of America Small Painting National Exhibition”, where she won an award for Best Use of Light and Color; and into NOAPS 2018 “Best of America National Exhibition”.

Professional affiliations:
Oil Painters of America
Plein Air Painters of the Southeast (PAP-SE)
National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS)
Virginia Watercolor Society
Virginia Plein Air Painters
Founding member – Hang Five (a group of five professional Richmond artists).

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