Artist Portfolio Magazine – 2017 Q4 Art Competition
From an early age Beth Younger demonstrated an interest and innate talent in many areas of fine art while growing up in a small town on the outskirts of South Boston, Virginia. After receiving several awards in high school, including the National Scholastic Arts Competition, she attended the Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Art where she earned a BFA in Communication Arts and Design. Her work is included in private collections in the U.S. and has been shown at the Virginia State Congressional Office on two occasions.
Beth’s increasing proficiency in several mediums, including drawing, pastel, oil and acrylic painting, as well as design, have provided a strong framework for her innovative artistic expression.
Her earlier series of paintings and pastels focus primarily on the figure in a style at first reminiscent of the Renaissance masters, using several layers to achieve luminosity. They reflect her stunning ability to capture realism, contrasts in light and shadow, and mood. In her inimitable style, she goes beyond merely capturing her subjects’ physical attributes and enshrouds them in a metaphysical timeless realm with sense of introspection, mystery and provocative symbolism.
Beth’s more recent paintings are inspired by her travels, most notably to National Harbor and New Orleans. In these works, she departs from classicism to unleash a more spontaneous and bold contemporary approach in response to her subject matter. Here, she emphasizes movement and contrast through the juxtaposition of dramatic spatial elements and architectural features. She adds texture, employs a heightened color palette, and introduces elements of abstraction. These works of art impart to the viewer a new way of observing familiar structures and forms and their relativity, while also capturing the characteristics of the specific locales.