Beth Williams is an award winning artist and Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Beth earned a Fine Arts degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education from Texas Tech University, teaching art for private and public schools as well as art museums across the country and abroad. She began painting full time in 2009 pursuing a career in fine art landscape painting. Recently her work has been featured in The Pastel Journal’s pastel 100 competition 2018 and 2019 as well as One King's Lane, Charleston Garden and Gun Jubilee, the Charleston Style and Design Magazine and the Charleston Art Mag.
Beth's current work focuses on the diverse sea island landscapes that surround her home studio on Edisto Island, S.C. She prefers to begin her paintings outdoors, observing nature and the fleeting light effects on color, shape and texture in the landscape. Her marsh and dune scenes have been described as sweeping, soulful, and intuitive. Especially notable are her recent explorations in technique focusing on movement and textural quality of tidal and ocean waves.
Though currently expanding into oil, Beth's medium of choice is pastel, which she prefers for its rich, luminous color and velvety finish, allowing her to capture a strong atmospheric quality in her landscapes. She reveres pastel for its pure color permanence and flexibility to work in wet or dry technique as well as allowing her to paint or draw simultaneously on the same surface. She is an avid reader of art history and her work has been influenced by noted landscape painters, Edgar Payne, Wolf Kahn, and Winslow Homer.
You can find her work in the annual juried Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibit in Charleston S.C. as well as the Charleston Artist Collective gallery, Atelier on Bay in Beaufort, S.C. and "With These Hands" gallery on Edisto Island, S.C.