Beth studied history of art and architecture at McGill University and at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris. On moving to Toronto in the early 1970’s she began her studies in fine arts at Three Schools and OCAD. Later she worked in arts administration at Arts’ Sake Inc with Dennis Burton, Graham Coughtry, Gordon Rayner, and David Bolduc.
In 1980 she moved to Edmonton where she worked at Graphica Art Gallery, and then to Calgary where she graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary. Beth practiced architecture for 20 years in Ottawa.
Since retiring from architecture in 2008, Beth has returned to her first passion: drawing and painting. She has studied extensively at the Ottawa School of Art, and Haliburton School of the Arts. She paints regularly in the encaustic studio of Susan Ukkola, and with Vanessa Coplan and friends.
Beth is a member of the Ottawa Mixed Media Association (OMMA) and has exhibited at a number of group shows including D’OMMA Gallery, The Crichton Street Gallery and Studio Sixty-Six. Her work can be seen in private collections across Canada.
Beth enjoys working in acrylics, mixed media (drawing, painting, collage) and in encaustic (wax, pigment and resin). Her work tends toward abstraction, and her brushwork is expressive, bold and often playful. Her passion for Japanese art and garden design is reflected in her varied mark-making, her preference for asymmetry, and her delight in texture. When it comes to colour Beth is inspired by the Expressionists such as Gauguin and Kandinsky. Each work is a journey of discovery, adventure, exploration, and preferably surprise.