Senior Exhibition 2004 Beth Barnes


      Some people have seen my paintings as a commentary about life and death, heaven and hell, sails and gravestones. This may all be true, but I was not thinking about any of this while I was painting. It so happened that the sail lent itself to me to work towards something that I enjoyed painting.

      The fact remains that I like subjects that can be simplified. The discovery of painting a sail or a simple gravestone was a strong step in the right direction. Since the very first painting, I have aimed to edit my subjects continually to find out how far I can push them. The details have dissipated and the sails are more modeled.

      My “gravestones” are similar in that I still simplify their major form, eliminating unnecessary detail, but instead of pushing the form to its limit, I work with light and drama. These paintings are dark, but they still have strong illumination within them. These same concerns of light and form are at the core of my work.


Image, Obsession, 36 x 44, oil
Obsession, 36" x 44", oil
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7Click ThumbnailDestiny36” x 24”oil on canvas
8Click ThumbnailSoling 8536” x 30”oil on canvas
9Click ThumbnailSoling 76134” x 28”oil on canvas
10Click ThumbnailSpooner44” x 34”oil on canvas
11Click ThumbnailObsession44” x 36”oil on canvas
12Click ThumbnailMurphy36” x 30”oil on canvas
13Click ThumbnailAdele36” x 30”oil on canvas
14Click ThumbnailLance30” x 36”oil on canvas
15Click ThumbnailBernard48” x 36”oil on canvas
Intoduction Megan Abrahamsen Beth Barnes Ryan Cohen Melanie Finlayson Michael Gallagher
Heather Gordon Scott Heydrick James Juron Tina LaMour Robert Lewis JP Manke
Andrew McGill Erica Mousseau Sean Otto Lisa Porto James Ryan Ann Schwed
Michael Shanley Lindsey Shrier Lauren Summerville Erick Von Hoffmann Andrew Watson Elizabeth Wilde
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