BETH AYRES STUDIO
About the Artist
Although Jean Cocteau said that “artists can no more speak about their work than plants can speak about horticulture,” I would like to try nonetheless. I have always derived my inspiration from nature and I create art as a way to express my love for the natural world, especially animals. At an early age I was quite taken with Henri Rousseau’s jungle paintings and like him, I choose subjects that both delight me and capture my imagination. Through my work I try to display my reverence for nature, which is also reflected in my vegetarian way of life. Drawing natural forms allows me to really look at something and to stop and fully appreciate the wonder of that thing. I enjoy the process of transforming my marks on paper into an image that conveys my love and respect for my subjects. I have explored a variety of mediums, including pencil, colored pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, etching and watercolor in an attempt to translate my vision of nature into images that speak to others about the wonder and beauty of natural things.
“In the vaunted works of Art
The master-stroke is Nature’s part.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson