We invite you to explore a new solo exhibit by Member Artist, Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw. In this curated show, the artist shares her vision of the natural world in her exhibit titled, "The Way of the Land." We hope you will enjoy this special online presentation of her unique pastel paintings.
Our Solo artist exhibit series showcasing the tremendous talents of our member artists. The purpose of these exhibits is to provide you with a curated show experience, complete with critical essay with art installed on walls, to give you a better sense of how the artwork will look in your home or business. Please feel free to contact the artist to purchase works from the exhibit. If you would like our assistance in your acquisitions, we are glad to be of help. We hope you will enjoy our special online presentations!
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright
Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw is first and foremost an active observer of nature. Her objective visions of the land are enhanced with imagination as she translates these highly personal observations into lyrical pastel artworks.
This artist has years of experience in surveying the land. It was initiated during her childhood spent on the family farm in Montana where she started to draw as a young girl. Surrounded by endless vistas of verdant land, she could observe the dimensions of space and the value of colors. The animals on the farm became her companions and best friends. Nature, and living in harmony with it, was her best teacher of visual arts, and that experience continues to inform her work today.
So, it is no real surprise that, when the artist moved to the Southwest, she found an ample amount of subject matter to work with. As her biography indicates...
"Her love of the landscape has only increased since moving to the desert and she fills her day by observing nature and creating masterful, pastel artworks based on her impressions of the beauty that surrounds her.”
But, it is important to note, that she is not simply replicating the landscape or any of her other subjects. Whether depicting a landscape, animal, bird, figure or still life, Beverly is constantly seeking to learn more about the character of her chosen subject. It's personality, so to speak. This is the connecting theme that runs through her entire body of work. In this sense, the artist's goal is not to paint what's there, it is to reveal what is unique -- whether a moment in time, or the true character of an animal and how it speaks to her.
In both her small and large pastel works, we find an artist who remains fascinated with color and texture which express the artist's joyous response to the natural world, most recently in the Southwest. The multitude of variations in the tonality of her works offer dimension and provide for the sensation of movement. For in her works, you can truly hear the grass moving in the vista or the bird warbling a morning chorus.
While Beverly expertly controls her visions of the natural world through balance of form, color and space, the scenes bleed off the edges of the paper or panel, and our own thoughts and imaginings of the horizon and sense of place unfold. We discover that we also desire to be in that painted place, as her artistic and evocative dream takes over our mind and soul. And that is what this artist's work offers us, the viewer. Through the beauty of Beverly's artwork, she shows us the "way" of the land. We feel grounded with our own sense of place, and eagerly share in her visions of joy inspired by the natural world.
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Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw is a gifted, natural born artist who has been creating art since childhood. She is now a full time pastel artist who continually challenges herself to work in new ways, whether by trying a new palette or in applying new techniques, this artist remains dedicated to the process of learning.
As a young girl she would create drawings of the animals she found on the family farm in Montana. By High School she had moved on to working in oil paints. She later attended classes at Eastern Montana College, Billings, MT while working with important artists, such as Ben Steele.
With a previous career in Interior Design, Beverly has a great sense of balance and form, and she harnesses the best of that experience in her art. Her life and career took her to Seattle, WA where she continued to study art in the evenings at the University of Washington and she attended workshops with well-known artists Ned Mueller and Clark Elster. It was during this time that Beverly discovered pastel painting which she found was an excellent way to combine her strengths of drawing and painting. It has become her chosen medium.
Since retiring three years ago from her thriving career, Beverly now lives and works in Carefree, AZ. She is a full-time artist working in the medium of pastels. Her love of the landscape has only increased since moving to the desert and she fills her day by observing nature and creating masterful, pastel artworks based on her impressions of the beauty that surrounds her.
Commissions are also welcome.
Left wall: The Road Well Traveled Pastel on Paper, 28" x 24" • Right wall: On Watch, Pastel on paper, 12” x 9”
From left: Hawk Eye, Pastel on paper, 11" x 14" • Poppy Fields Forever, Pastel on panel, 12" x 9" • Sunset Over Arizona, Pastel on paper, 8" x 6" • Red Splendor, Pastel on paper, 12" x 9" • Looking for Seeds, Pastel on paper, 12" x 9"
From left: After The Bloom, Pastel on panel, 12" x 9" • Prickly Pear Blooms, Pastel on paper, 14" x 11"
From Left: Sasquatch, Pastel on panel, 10" x 8" • Sunlit Path, Pastel on panel 7" x 5" • Montana Thunderstorm, Pastel on paper 29" x 20" • Golden Hills of Winthrop, Pastel on paper, 9" x 12" • Nature's Fury, Pastel on paper, 14" x 11"
From left: Prairie Speedster, Pastel on panel, 10" x 8" • Tatanka, Pastel on paper 20" x 16" • The Trickster, Pastel on panel, 12" x 9.5"
Chief Cardinal, Pastel on panel, 5" x 7"
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