Beth was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, a small town located in the Osage hills in spring of 1961, and developed a keen interest in painting in early childhood. She is best known for her figurative western oils and acrylic paintings, with nostalgic themes and bold use of color, but has also enjoyed considerable success in bronze sculpture, pencil drawings and pastels. After receiving a full art scholarship from the University of Science and Art in Oklahoma in 1979, she attended college until 1982 and has since worked exclusively as a visual artist.
Beth's work has been featured in many one-person and group shows in such fine galleries as throughout the west. At the early age of 16 she was given her first one-woman show at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in historic Guthrie, Oklahoma, and is the recipient of numerous commissions , for both books and magazines, and private collections. In 1999 she was chosen to be the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival poster artist. Beth has been written about in feature articles in several prominent magazines including Southwest Art. In addition her work is in private , public and corporate collections in the United States and abroad, including those at the Kameoka Historical Museum, Kyoto Japan, and the Latvian Artist Association in Riga, Latvia.
"When I began selling artwork around the age of 16, I was mostly interested in the organic form of humans and the style of realism. After years of portraiture and ever-increasing photorealism, I became disenchanted with what I was accomplishing. What I needed was a more ‘intuitive’ process in art. So I abandoned the ‘analytical’ process of realistic color and form and began using a totally conceptual response to form and the emotions created from color. I pulled together the passions of my life... United States history, namely ,the great plains and the people that inhabit it, animals,especially horses, photography, and pre-industry lifestyle. With the old pre-1940’s photos that I had been collecting, I was able to get the perfect imagery that I could pull stories from. My archive of black and white photos, ranging from1890-1960, tell of the people that created this country and how hard they worked and played in a time when people were much more in tune with survival and seasons. I have found these photos in many places, from historic collections to dusty corners of antique stores, somehow discarded by this generation." ~ BethInquire