Beth Bathe Artist Statement
My representational paintings have been described by art critics as “evoking nostalgia, like that of an old sepia toned photograph, often with just touches of color.” Curiosity about the medium I work with is often the first question of many viewers. Is it watercolor, is it oil? With my answer: “somewhat both.” I paint with water soluble oils, in a very limited tonal palette. My tools include squeegees, toothpicks, paper towels and Qtips giving my paintings a washy, vintage feel. My subject matter includes finding beauty in buildings that are often beyond their prime. They might be abandoned, or derelict, or soon to be part of the vanishing landscape. Painting primary on location en plein air allows me to catch my subject at a specific time, ideally when the light and shadows play on the surface creating drama and emotion.