Commissioned Portrait and Fine Artist, Instructor of Academic Art.
Beth is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, who received her BFA in Fine Arts and Education from Emory and Henry College in the arts-rich community of Abingdon, Virginia. While attending E&H she participated her sophomore and senior years in Rome, Italy studying Roman Art and Archaeology, in the January program.
Beth studied Appalachian crafts and pottery at Virginia Intermont. She attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati for sculpture, and completed her postgraduate work in Advertising Design at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
She has continued her studies internationally with: Robert Liberace (Florida, Ireland), William Whitaker (Arizona), Marvin Mattelson (North Carolina), Joy Thomas (Ohio), Robert Howard (Massachusetts, Tim Tyler (Indiana) and David Kassan (Cincinnati).
Current and past memberships include; the Portrait Society of America, Stroke of Genius Portrait Artist, The Women’s Art Club of Cincinnati, Pastel Society of America and the Cincinnati art club. Beth has appeared in "International Artist" magazine’s portrait showcase and Kennedy’s Publishing Best of Worldwide Figurative and Portrait Artist.
She was honored to participate in the portrait exhibit "Faces of the Fallen", a tribute to fallen soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq exhibited at Arlington Memorial Cemetery, Washington DC, in 2005.
Working with the author, Jinny Berten as the illustrator for three of Ms. Berten’s books, both her and Ms. Berten received awards for each book: “Littsie of Cincinnati”, received an IPPY bronze award, “Jake and Sam at the Empty Abby”, a recipient of a silver medal, Moonbeams Children’s Book Awards, and “Littsie and the Underground Railroad”, a recipient of a bronze medal, Moonbeams Children’s Book Awards.
She spent 22 years in the field of advertising/graphic design working for local companies and international corporations. Beth worked in print, video and film, she was also producing/staging large company meetings for the likes of Procter & Gamble, and was included as the only contractor to attend off site team building workshops with General Electric’s Appliance Division.
Beth is currently the owner/director of the East Side Center for the Arts, a special place for professionals, students and lovers of the creative arts. The Center is now located in her personal studio, where she concentrates in oil and pastel portraiture and landscapes; she is also accomplished in the art of pen and ink painting.
Beth has become a respected teacher of academic art for students of all ages and skill levels. She is known for her instruction within the Cincinnati area homeschool organizations, the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.