Beth was born in Davenport, Iowa in 1978 and moved to Rochester, Minnesota in 2000 to pursue a career in nursing. She is a self-guided artist who began working with stained glass but transitioned to encaustics after having her first child in 2009. She is a member of the Gallery 24 artist collaborative and the Southeast Minnesota Visual Artists (SEMVA) and shows her work locally.
I enjoy creating encaustic art because of its many applications. With encaustic medium, which I make by mixing beeswax, pigment, and damar tree resin, I create three-dimensional works, finely-detailed pictures, and collages. My work is frequently composed on reclaimed wood, and my encaustic collages often include natural elements like polished stones and crystals. I also use alcohol inks, powdered pigments, and ink transfers. Firing shellac with a torch is a technique I use to add abstract motion to my two-dimensional works.
Encaustic art allows me to express my creativity and to encourage flexibility in my imagination. It provides me the opportunity to meet interesting people at a variety of venues and helps me integrate within my community. In addition to being an artist, I also work in healthcare where I am concerned about others' welfare, but creating art is a way to rejuvenate my own spirit while hopefully touching others’ as well. I find art to be a soothing and healing experience that helps me solidify my identity. My art is an intensely personal, yet public, form of expression.