Beth Parcell Evans
My oil paintings are basically a chronicle of my life. I paint what I live, in the hope that it will inspire and uplift the viewer.
Color and mood are important elements in my work. I want you to feel as well as see my art, to be transported to another time and place, to escape with me to my special world of beauty.
I am so blessed to live this life and I want to share it with you through my paintings.
Most of my work is inspired by the central New Jersey location that is my home. I also own houses in the wilderness of Maine and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which provide even more material to share with you.
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about the artist
Beth Parcell Evans has always lived a life shared with animals. Born in 1958, she spent every spare moment of her childhood outdoors in nature and at farms and stables. She had a strong love of horses and began to draw them at age 4.
Her grandfather painted landscapes in oil, and by age 9 she was sitting alongside him as he taught her how to use the medium. She, however, included horses in all of her paintings.
By age 12 she had finally convinced her parents to permit her to ride. The love of horses and of painting merged into an inevitable calling that she could not ignore.
Shunning her guidance counselors’ advice to attend an Ivy League school for math and science, she enrolled in a commercial art school, with the thought of becoming not a commercial artist but a fine artist, painting animals in oil. After 4 years of school she took on odd jobs to support herself while taking her wildlife paintings on the road to east coast wildlife shows. Galleries took notice and her work began to appear in galleries in the east as well.
She always had an equine painting or two on hand, and at one fateful show in Maryland, a sporting art dealer approached her, asking if she could paint sports such as foxhunting and racing. She had never done so before, but boldly said yes, knowing full well that if it involved horses she could do it.
That was the turning point, and her focus became the foxhunting and racing work for which she is now known. It was only natural for her to paint equine sports as she was an avid rider for many years by then.
Following her inner guidance rather than listening to the logic of advice has enabled her to follow the dream inside.
She has been painting professionally for 33 years now, and is currently training her 5th retired Thoroughbred race horse.
Her work hangs in 6 east coast galleries, as well as many private collections in the US, England, Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands.
She is a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists, associate member of Oil Painters of America, and member of the Salmagundi Club, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Allied Artists of America, and American Women Artists.
Her studio is in Hopewell, New Jersey, close to her foxhunt and stable. She also owns a house in Maine and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, which once belonged to her parents. All three of these locations serve as inspiration for her paintings.