Beth Bathe [NRA 2020]
First name: Beth ;
Middle name: ;
Last name: Bathe ;
Member: Non-resident artist member ;
Begin: 2020 ;
End: n/a ;
Beth Bathe is an artist residing in Lancaster, PA. After a long career as a graphic designer, Beth now pursues painting full time. Primarily painting in oil en plein air since 2013 she participates in high profile competitions from Maine to Washington State, including Plein Air Easton, Door County WI, Cape Ann MA, Richmond VA and others, for a total of 12 competitions in 2019 alone. Her paintings have won numerous awards and honors and she is a featured artist in the 2018 February/March issue of PleinAir Magazine and is in an article regarding Water Soluble Oils in the December/January 2020/21 issue.
Beth’s painting style is unique, looking somewhat like a watercolor, or is it an oil painting? She uses Cobra Water Mixable Oil Colors in thin washes with a limited tonalist palette, using unconventional tools such as squeegees and qtips along with her brushes. Her representational paintings have been described by critics as evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph, often with just touches of color. She is highly influenced by painter Andrew Wyeth, and her subject matter is often what she refers to as the “vanishing landscape”, including finding beauty in buildings, barns and old towns of a time gone by and often beyond their prime. Old barns, a Victorian farmhouse, a back alley, a fire escape, an old mill, or an old split rail fence down a country road are common subjects. Beth paints primary on location to catch her subject at a specific time, especially how the light and shadows play on the surface create drama and emotion.
She is currently represented by Charles Fine Art Gallery in Gloucester MA; Crystal Moll Gallery, Baltimore MD; Les Poissons Gallery, Chestertown MD; Red Raven Gallery, Lancaster PA; Vermont Artisan Designs in Brattleboro VT; Warm Springs Gallery, Warm Springs VA, and will be joining Folly Cove Fine Art, Rockport, MA in 2021.
Beth is a Artist Member and on the Executive Board as Secretary of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters (MAPAPA), Oil Painters of America (OPA), Outdoor Painters Society (OPS), National Acrylic and Oil Painters Society (NOAPS) Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters (SVPAP), Daily Painters of Pennsylvania In February 2016 she participated in the Plein Air Magazine Invitational trip to Cuba, and has also plein air painted in China.
Beth has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University ‘81. Beth teaches classes and leads and hosts workshops at her studio, Short Dog Studio, in Ephrata, PA. and facilitates a weekly evening open studio with model for local artists at Pennsylvania College of Art and Design in Lancaster PA. She also does demos and will be teaching several workshops in 2019.