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I first started my professional art career while living in Costa Rica in 1998. Inspired by the magic of the rainforest and oceans I immediately gravitated towards painting the flora and fauna of Central America.

(Using banana, coffee, palm, and other native exotic papers helps give the subjects a life of their own.)

I continue to paint these subjects and I often find other unique surfaces to paint on such as stone tile and foil. With nature the focus of most of my art I also find a release in abstracts.

As an artist working in realism, I had some difficulty "validating" abstract art, even my own. Well, I recently completed an abstract painting that brought me to a realization. I was working on a piece that was a collage of different colors and images. It was not yet what it was supposed to be. As I covered…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 25
  • Joined August 7, 2007

Favorite materials

Acrylics, Banana Paper, Stone, and other natural materials

About

I first started my professional art career while living in Costa Rica in 1998. Inspired by the magic of the rainforest and oceans I immediately gravitated towards painting the flora and fauna of Central America.

(Using banana, coffee, palm, and other native exotic papers helps give the subjects a life of their own.)

I continue to paint these subjects and I often find other unique surfaces to paint on such as stone tile and foil. With nature the focus of most of my art I also find a release in abstracts.

As an artist working in realism, I had some difficulty "validating" abstract art, even my own. Well, I recently completed an abstract painting that brought me to a realization. I was working on a piece that was a collage of different colors and images. It was not yet what it was supposed to be. As I covered it with new layers of paint I was conscious of the fact that those original images and energy would still exist under the layers of paint even if no one ever saw them. The paint began to take on its own direction and what I first invisioned as a base for what I had in mind gave me pause to stop. I thought I was taking a break and hung it on the wall. I looked at it and it told me (no, not audible in a crazy way) "I'm done". I was not convinced. I thought, I'll let it hang there for a few days and see what I think then. Each day I walk by that painting I appreciate it more.

I can now tell you why abstract works bring about strong emotions to its viewers. Abstracts are made up of more than color and random images people may see within them. My abstract works contain my past, my intuition, emotions, thoughts about whats going on in my life, dreams, and spirituality. There is much more there than meets the eye. And like all of my works, contains a piece of me.

Background-

While living in Central America I had a magnitude of person crisis that left me down and out and desperate. Shy as I was something had to be done. So, I headed to the beach where the tourists flock. I strung a rope between two palm trees and hung my paintings on banana paper with clothes pins. I set up my jewelry on a table underneath and held my breath. It was a hit! So I painted and made jewelry all night every night in a sea side cabina and sold my work to the tourists in the day, painting all the while. Within a few months my work was being sold in highly coveted galleries. My work, both paintings and jewelry, have now found homes all over the world.

After three years in Costa Rica I returned to the US to be closer to family. Since then I have participated in many art shows and events around the tristate area of WI, MN, and IA.

Present exibits:

La Crosse Airport, La Crosse, WI

Past gallery exibits:

University of La Crosse
La Crosse, Wisconsin

The Breakwater
Pepin, Wisconsin

Regalame- Si Como No
Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Regalame 2-No Como Si
Quepos, Costa Rica

The Hummingbird Gallery
Monteverde, Costa Rica

Bromeliad Art Gallery
Monteverde, Costa Rica


Awards:

Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Winnebago Land Fine Art Fair
Outstanding Achievement in Mixed Media

Art Education:

Life ;)
Normandale, Bloomington, Minnesota
UWL, La Crosse, Wisconsin

Looking for:
I have sold hundreds of pieces that have found their way all over the world. Unfortunately, in years past I did not photograph my work before I let it go. Many were sold in Costa Rica. I sign my work with my first name, Bethanne, and put a small symbol of an eclipsing sun directly to the left of my name. If you believe you may have one of my pieces I would love to hear from you. Thanks!

Proud to be a member of:

the EtsyVeg team (etsy'ers who are devoted to a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle)http://team.etsy.com/profilest/veg.shtml

the EFA team (etsy for animals)

and the FAM team (fabulous artistic moms)

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