As we count down to Paint Annapolis 2016, MFA will be featuring diffrent artists of the day to let you learn more about the people who are competing and exhibiting in Paint Annapolis.
Paint Annapolis 2016
Competition: May 30th through June 5th
Exhibition: June 5th through the 12th
Beth Bathe is an artist currently residing in Lancaster, PA. She has a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and has had her own graphic design business, Bathe Design for 26 years. Her fine art oil paintings include figurative, still life and landscapes. She has become very involved in the plein air movement of painting outdoors and also teaches classes and leads workshops at her studio, Short Dog Studio, in Ephrata, PA. Beth is a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters (MAPAPA), Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters(SVPAP), Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and Daily Paintworks. This past February 2016 she participated in the Plein Air Magazine Invitational trip to Cuba.
Growing up with a father who was a commericial artist, painter, interior designer and all around “Renaissance man”, art was always a part of her life. She received a BFA in Communication Arts and Design but most of her working career has been as a graphic designer, first working for Grafik Communications in Alexandria VA, before starting her own graphic design business, Bathe Design which has been successful for over twenty years. Fast forward after raising two kids, taking care of her elderly parents and losing her husband to cancer, her partner Bill presented her with an easel and oil paints for Christmas in 2008. The paints remained unopened for a year before she finally signed up for her first oil painting class. Since that day she have never looked back, oil painting had become her new “art”. Beth studied oil painting at the Art League of Alexandria, and apprenticed under Edward “Ted” Reed for several years. She has also taken workshops with Marc Hanson, Charlie Hunter, Qiang Huang and David Shevlino.
“When I first started painting I just thought it was something I’d like to do. I loved studying, practicing, watching my paintings evolve. I also started to evolve. Artist David Leffel states that “Painting is like an interlocking set of relationships — color, edges, values, thick and thin, etc. Life is the same. Everything is interrelated.” I love the way that painting has become such a large part of my life. I now see the world through the eyes of a painter, and it is a beautiful, bright world indeed” ~quote from the artist.