I have loved to draw and paint all of my life. Nothing gives me more pleasure than to sign a work of art that I’m happy with. My main interest is in architecture, and that is why I love illustrating the featured homes in the Guidebook for Historic Garden Week in Virginia. I started in 1997 doing ink drawings, and in 2012 we changed the look of the Guidebook by switching to watercolor paintings. The 2018 Guidebook will feature 28 watercolors.
I am a representational painter. I am inspired by the beauty of nature and the way light can change color and define structure. I believe a successful painting must have both an accurate drawing and also correct values (meaning the lightness or darkness of an object). The pursuit to achieve this goal is what motivates me. The completion of a work of art that I think is successful gives me the satisfaction and delight that make me want to go back and do it all over again. I paint full time in my studio, and when I can, I paint en plein air. Other subjects that I enjoy are animals, especially cows, horses, and dogs, and both rural and urban landscapes.
By Beth Marchant
About the Artist:
Beth Marchant, official watercolorist for Historic Garden Week in Virginia, has been a full-time freelancer producing paintings of homes and buildings across Virginia. Her plein-air work has won several awards. She shows at Brazier Gallery in Richmond and the Beach Gallery in Virginia Beach.