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  • “Last Farm in New Berlin”Last Farm in New Berlin

    oil on board, 12"x16", 2015

Beth Stoddard

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Beth Stoddard was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She studied in Philadelphia at both the University of Pennsylvania (BFA 2003) and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (four-year Certificate in Painting 2004). Her work is held in private collections nationwide. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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My landscapes are both representations of a particular place and arrangements of shape and color with an abstract awareness.

While working from life in the open air, it is as much my concern to capture the immediacy of the scene before me as it is to draw attention to the surface qualities of the finished piece. Thus there is a specific, descriptive quality to the paint handling of some individual elements, alongside intentionally simplified, suggestive areas of local color. Recognizable places with illusionistic depth are composed from elegant, visually pleasing shapes on the picture plane.

Painting from nature with a modern sensibility, I consider the landscape not merely a view to be recorded, nor a point of departure for formal explorations. As a representational painter in a post-abstract era I find an agreeable tension between the remembrance of a place and my own two dimensional, perceptual interpretation.