Word is Art - features original works created by Visual Artist, Beth Courtright Detwiler...
"Art is my charter on the way to knowing and being known! Visualization is my voice of choice, as it were, and I find that capturing the imagination, in foundations of shape, texture and color - is like going out into the fields of one's mind, with open hands and heart, in an effort to discover, glean, or refine one's own personal truth in tactile space/time reality."
I was born in Omaha, Nebraska and spent my childhood moving about the Midwestern region of the U.S.A. In my early 20's I began to study art at The Ohio State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spring of 1990. My degree emphasis was General Fine Arts, with focus areas in: ceramics, life drawing, painting and metal-smithing. After my college years in Ohio, I relocated to the East Coast city of Baltimore, Maryland. I found the rich culture of the inner harbor community to be inspirational and this colorful environment was the perfect setting to begin my professional career as a gallery artist working in oil painting, illustration and a published cartoon features in a regional arts magazine. My painting style was heavily influenced by "symbolist" and "abstract-figurative" artists such as Picasso and Gaugan, as well as the art of ancient civilizations. I spent several years exhibiting and selling my work along the east coast corridor, from New York to Atlanta. And my cartoon, titled "The Word is..." was a regular feature in the Washington D.C Arts periodical- Art in Progress. In 1998, I left the East coast and relocated to the beautiful Verde Valley of Northern Arizona. i currently create works in my art studio and gallery, on the top floor of Building A, in the Old Jerome High School -which is an established artist enclave in the historic copper mining "ghost town" of Jerome, Arizona. Working in this 1920's era schoolhouse has allowed me to experiment with alternative mediums and processes leading to the development of my current focus which is the emerging medium of "masking tape art" which is both contemporary and visionary in an almost folk art fashion. I also work teaching drawing and painting to High School Art Students and am also finishing up my Masters of Education at a local college.
Artist, Beth Courtright Detwiler begins a Masking Tape Art Panel. CLICK on photo above to view a montage of art events & processes.
"Cracked Egg" Sculptures
are Signature Works of the Artist
Detail of "Up the Mountain" - Tempera Painting on Brown Paper
Detail of Masking Tape Art Panel " Hummingbird Happiness"
Hand crafted ceramic "Birds" created in variety of sizes and colors