Beth Courtright-Detwiler is a Contemporary Visionary whose work is symbolistic and abstract in style and narrative. She enjoys working in a variety of colorful medium including: oil painting, chalk/pastel, gouache, pen & ink, and ceramics. Most recently, she has been working almost exclusively in the experimental medium of ‘masking tape art’ in order to visualize iconic images of corn fields, trees and flower gardens through large-scale installation and collaborative community murals.
Her current work is influenced by early childhood memories, and her fondness of flora and fauna. She also sites ancient and modern 20th century era artists as formative to her aesthetic.
Ms. Courtright Detwiler was raised in rural communities and large metropolitan cities alike, across the USA. She derives the same level of joy and happiness from a cornfield as she does a Modern Art Museum. Having studied Fine Arts at The Ohio State University for a good part of the 1980s, she earned her BFA in 1990 with an emphasis in Life Drawing/Painting, Ceramics and Metalsmithing.
Her professional career was forged as an Abstract Symbolist oil painter and illustrator in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was picked up as a regular Feature Cartoonist for Art in Progress. She spent a prolific decade in the 90s working as a successful gallery artist, showing along the East Coast, prior to taking a sabbatical to use her artistic talent to work with inner city youth and families at risk.
In 1998, she and her family relocated to the Verde Valley, where she continues her creative journey in the cavernous corridors of her studio, housed in the Historic Old Jerome High School Art Center. Ms. Detwiler also recently completed her Master of Education from Prescott College with an emphasis in Visual Arts and Secondary Education. She creates, instructs and mentors Visual Art students in Art Foundations, Beginning Drawing & Painting, and Color Theory.
She regularly shows a range of her work at The Muse, from masking tape art to her well-known and well-loved ceramic birds and cracked eggs, and burned wood frame folk portraits.
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