A Brief History
Previously Bethany Ayres, I studied painting, drawing and design at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan; and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1998, I moved to the bay area of California where I lived and worked until 2013. My image style tells the story of learning how to draw in Detroit: a perspective style with an illustrative bent; influences from the museum next door, the DIA. Composition and materials tests were developed in Philadelphia; and a simplified description with a candy finish was well received in California. The process of my enamel on wood panel paintings from my Oakland studios gave me a way to work more aggressively with my materials while yielding a resilient, furniture-like result. A down economy stole years (2009-2013) from my studio until I moved away from the bay. Now in Vista, California I am recapturing my talent and momentum and using it to build my new life.
The following ideas structure my life and compositions:
People form relationships with artworks that they encounter every day.
The threshold of impact of any creative product is owned by the composition.
The subconscious mind is always awake / I am in the business of making things look like other things.
Are permissions to trespass granted to things that are lovely, especially when amplified by egoism?