Hello there

I paint landscapes and figures from my home studio in a small village at the foot of the Nebraska Sandhills where I live with my husband, Gary.

I like to convey atmosphere and mood in my art. I believe atmosphere and the golden light of early morning and late afternoon give the land around us a magical feel. It’s this interplay I want to try to capture with oil paints. Our Maker has the most magnificent color palette. I am a mere interpreter.

My background in art is as a pianist, but I have always wanted to paint. I see light everywhere. I just never had a language to express it until I started painting in 2012. I have studied in person with many great painters including Kim Casebeer, David Mensing, Marla Bagatta, Fealing Lin, and Karen Margulis. Masters such as Savrasov, Levitan, Inness and many others have also inspired and taught me.

Simplicity and solitude are at the heart of my work. It takes a certain amount of quiet and space to paint. I am grateful I have been given both of these gifts in this season of life. I believe many of my paintings represent this feeling of being alone, not in a sad way, but as in alone but still loved and protected and cared for. 

I am very grateful that my pieces have found their way into homes throughout the US and even overseas. A little piece of my heart goes out with every finished work. I pray the work of my hands brings joy and good to others.

When I am not painting I like to read and go on photography outings with my husband. I also love visits from our grown children and grandchildren, and Life Group on Monday nights with my Gospel posse. I am a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Kearney, NE.

My work is available from the shop section of my website, at the galleries listed to the right, or by visiting my home studio, you are always welcome. I participate in a few events and juried summer shows, the schedule and listings can be found here.


Highlights

2018
Commissioned for two landscapes, Cloisters on the Platte
ANAC Traveling Show - Unity, 9 x 12, Oil on Canvas
Solo Show, Minden Opera House, Old Feed Store (Bassett)
Group Shows, Burkholder Project, Red Cloud Opera House

2017
Accepted into Nebraska Bienniel Exhibit, Gallery 1516, Omaha
Group Show, Carnegie Art Center, Alliance, Bone Creek Museum, David City



Oil on oil paper | beth cole

Oil on oil paper | beth cole

Be Encouraged

You don’t have to think YOU are great, but you do need to feel that what you’re after is great. You need to feel at any moment that the canvas could come alive, could become a beautiful picture. To think that way raises the stakes. You shouldn’t be held back by the thought that you’re not good enough, not experienced enough. That’s always going to be true; no artist is as good as he or she could be; that’s what keeps us painting.
— Gregg Kreutz, Problem Solving for Oil Painters


Memberships

Oil Painters of America
American Women Artists
Women Artists of the West, Associate
Arrow Artists