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Beth Stikeman

 

 


Beginnings
Beth studied history of art and architecture at McGill University and at the École du Louvre in Paris.  On moving to Toronto in the early 1970’s she began her studies in fine arts at Three Schools and OCAD. Later she worked in arts administration at Arts’ Sake Inc with Dennis Burton, Graham Coughtry, Gordon Rayner, and David Bolduc.


The Practice of Architecture
In 1980 she moved to Edmonton where she worked at Graphica Art Gallery, and then to Calgary where she graduated with a Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary. Beth practiced architecture for 20 years in Ottawa.

Return to Drawing and Painting
Since retiring from architecture in 2008, Beth has returned to her first passion: drawing and painting. She has studied extensively at the Ottawa School of Art, and Haliburton School of the Arts.  She paints regularly in the encaustic studio of Susan Ukkola, and with Vanessa Coplan and friends.

Exhibitions
Beth is a member of the Ottawa Mixed Media Association (OMMA) and has exhibited at D’OMMA Gallery, The Crichton Street Gallery, Studio Sixty-Six, the New Edinburgh Artists’ Studio Tour (NEST), and Urban Ottawa Art. Her work can be seen in private collections across Canada.

Style
Beth enjoys working in acrylics, mixed media (drawing, painting, collage) and in encaustic (wax, pigment and resin). Her work tends toward abstraction, and her brushwork is expressive, bold and often playful. Her passion for Japanese art and garden design is reflected in her varied mark-making, her preference for asymmetry, and her delight in texture. When it comes to colour Beth is inspired by the Expressionists, gardening and travel.  Each work is a journey of discovery, adventure, exploration, and preferably surprise.