Man At The Wheel
16 x 20 in.
Oil on panel
Available from the artist
Participating in annual plein air competitions, Beth Bathe has the honor of painting in many wonderful locations throughout the United States. Man At the Wheel is a painting of a landmark, bronze sculpture of a fisherman overlooking the harbor in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Honoring those lost at sea, the monument bears the inscription of Psalm 107:23, which reads, “They That Go Down To The Sea In Ships 1623-1923.”
Beth was a featured artist in the 2018 February/March issue of PleinAir Magazine. Her representational paintings have been described by art critics as “evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph, often with just touches of color.”
Curiosity about the medium Beth works in is often the first question of many viewers. “Is it watercolor, is it oil?” they ask. Beth’s answer: “Somewhat both!” She works with Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in a limited tonalist palette, using both brushes and a handful of unconventional tools, such as squeegees and cotton swabs.
A Virginia Commonwealth University graduate, Beth is highly influenced by American regionalist painter Andrew Wyeth. She refers to much of her subject matter as “the vanishing landscape.” The paintings depict the beauty of a time gone by in buildings, barns and old towns.
When not at home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Beth is often on the road, crisscrossing the country, teaching workshops and painting primarily en plein air in high-profile juried and invitational competitions such as Southwest Plein Air, Texas; Plein Air Easton, Maryland; Door County, Wisconsin; and Cape Ann, Massachusetts.