“The best art is the art you have to do. You have to get it out…this art is from a pure and free space.”
~ Beth Goldston
Beth has been painting forever, she will tell you. Always creating, this wife, mother, former art teacher, basket maker and special education teacher continues to find things to be curious about. And then she expresses them… thank goodness for us all! Beth’s body of work began in oils when she studied Art at Meredith College. She has also painted with watercolors and pastels, but has returned to the beginning again painting mostly in oils these days.
Imaginatively representational, her recent works are a series of paintings inspired from her travels and a journal she keeps. Her artist’s journal is unbounded by convention and it’s little 9×7 artist’s pages are filled up with markers of her carefree imagination. “The best art is the art you have to do. You have to get it out… it is from a pure and free space.” says Beth.
Now fully retired for Education (not life ), Beth has more time for oil painting. “I love the smell of them. When I have been painting the house smells like I have been painting and it feels alive to me.” Juried into the guild in 1995, Beth is also currently Co-President of the Chatham Artist Guild. She shares the post with fellow painter and guild member and watercolorist Beth Bale.
When life or “the guild” does not call her away, Beth paints regularly in her beautiful studio built just for that purpose. Yes, gone are the days of traveling around, pitching a tent, and selling her art at NC festivals with two young boys in tow. Beth, who was born here in Chatham County, has deep roots here. She is delighted so many artists have moved to Chatham County over the last thirty years. “We are now a destination for artists!”
Beth’s website is filled with many landscapes, flowers, birds and other animals, people, and architecture. She also accepts commission work. All her subjects carry Beth’s colorful response to beauty and nature. But it is a true joy to meet Beth and experience her artwork in person. Beth welcomes visitors by appointment and of course please do stop by 4115 Chatham Church Road during the Chatham Artist Studio Tour the first two weekends in December.