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  • “Currie Dog Exercise Area Sunrise, oil on panel, 6"x6", 2019”Currie Dog Exercise Area Sunrise, oil on panel, 6

Beth Stoddard

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Beth Stoddard is a Milwaukee based artist who paints from life with a modern sensibility. As a city dwelling landscape painter, her current project is to paint all of the Milwaukee County Parks.

Wisconsin-born, she studied in Philadelphia, obtaining degrees from both the University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has experience in teaching, jurying, and judging, and welcomes commissions. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections.

artist statement

My artistic practice is borne of the delights and constraints I experience as a city
dwelling landscape painter.

In oil on panel I paint urban parks and nature preserves from direct observation, and in the studio from drawn sketches aided by memory. In warmer months my work is primarily outdoors, in colder months, indoors.

I’m making a contemporary contribution in the living lineage of Constable, Corot, and
Mattiasdottir. Recurrent motifs include distinctive trees, inviting paths, and placid bodies of water. Changeable clouds are a constant artistic concern. A modernist compositional emphasis on shape, play with areas of surface flatness whilst maintaining pictorial depth, and varied mark making by brush or palette knife activate the restful park imagery.

There number 154 parks, parkways, and nature preserves in the Milwaukee County system. My project is to paint all of them. As of April 2020 I’ve painted over 100.

In painting these parks I contribute to the broader landscape art dialogue, as well as local life and culture, by depicting in paint my city’s wealth of natural beauty.