Bea Gustafson of Holmes, N.Y is presently exhibiting her beautiful paintings in McKinney & Doyle’s Restaurant. If you happen to venture into the restaurant, you will find Ms. Gustafson’s colorful paintings adorning the walls of the dining room, and they are a delightful repast for the senses. They reflect her love for home, gardening and cooking as well as the everyday things that make life beautiful. (I really enjoyed viewing her paintings of six eggs and Peeling Orange shown here).
The artist shares what she loves “seeing” in everyday life. Her paintings seem to reach deeply into the essence of all she paints. Her colors have a soft and resplendent quality. Her paintings blend so well with the combination of sweet baking and savory cooking aromas from the kitchen of McKinney & Doyle’s.
Bea and her husband, Gary, moved to Holmes from Riverdale, N.Y. in August of 1990. She has studied photography and printing at the College of New Rochelle, photography at the Putnam Arts Council, Society of Creative Arts in Newtown, and Still Life Oil Painting with Rick Daskam. Ongoing studies include Advanced Oil Painting with Alexander Shundi and Drawing Classes with Elizabeth Hill.
A member of the Reflectionist Group at Arts on the Lake, Carmel since 2006, Bea has exhibited widely throughout the area: Arts on the Lake, Putnam Arts Council, Kent Lakes Library, Society of Creative Arts in Newtown, Friends of the Great Swamp (FROGS), Pawling, Christ Church. She will also exhibit her paintings at the Society of Creative Arts in Newtown this May and at Arts on the Lake in July.
When she paints, Bea asks herself “… how does it smell, taste, feel, what is its texture..the vitality and spirit of the object’s color, the rhythm of its shape…how does the light and shadow embrace the object?” ..Then, continues …she “finds the right blend of colors and mixes the paint into a smooth consistency with her choice of brush and canvas..” Further she feels art is about “growing my technical skills, nurturing my own creative abilities and seeing what is in my universe with an artistic sensibility”
Bea Gustafson’s lovely and sensitive paintings can be viewed at McKinney & Doyle’s Restaurant on Charles Colman Boulevard through May 6. Our deepest appreciation to Bea Gustafson and McKinney & Doyle’s Restaurant for a beautiful adventure of the senses.
“Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist” Rene Magritte
Hear Carol’s Interview:[audio:http://www.pawlingpublicradio.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/mar_18__meet-the-artist_bea-gustafson1.mp3|titles=Bea Gustafson, Artist]