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Artist Statement

I love the process of painting - the physical process of applying paint to canvas.  I feel a real sense of freedom in allowing a spontaneous application of color and line to the prepared surface.  There is energy in painting that connects the external world and my private interior space. I appreciate the dialogue that takes place between the painter and the work in progress. Each painting has its own demands and evolves and reveals itself thru the process of painting.

The process almost always begins with a line, or many lines drawn as fast as possible.  Then, I like to hang shapes and colors and textures among the lines.  Sometimes they tell a story or illustrate an emotion, but not always. Often I add objects to the surface of my work, creating a collage out of patterns and paint, line and texture.  When working with a live model I will start with a line drawing that is fairly representational but will then work itself into an abstraction of the mood or motion of the model.

For me, abstract art, like life, is always accessible and inaccessible at the same time. Both tangible and mysterious, abstract art contains the elements of surprise and spirituality.

Beth Cartland, February 2014


Beth Cartland is represented by the Susan Calloway Fine Arts Gallery in Washington, D.C, The Phoenix Gallery in New York City and The Warm Springs Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. She has affiliations with galleries in Scottsdale, AZ; Dallas, TX and Westport, CT. She has exhibited throughout the United States, in Venezuela and with the International Women's Conference in Beijing, China. Her work was also shown in the Embassies of Croatia and Pakistan through the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013    Phoenix Gallery, "Dialogue with Shape and Color", New York, NY  
  • 2012    Susan Calloway Fine Arts, "The Shape of Color", Washington, DC
  •             Evolve Urban Arts Project, Washington, DC
  •             Warm Springs Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
  • 2011    Phoenix Gallery, "The Shape of Color", New York, NY
  • 2010    Susan Calloway Fine Arts, “Multiple Choices”, Washington, DC
  • 2009    Phoenix Gallery, “From Darkness Into Light”, New York, NY
  • 2007    Anne C. Fisher Gallery, “Shaping Light”, Washington, DC
  • 2006    Phoenix Gallery, “Evolution Series”, New York, NY
  • 2004    Anne C. Fisher Gallery, “Moving Forward-Looking Back” Washington, DC     
  • 2003    Installation “Hands”, Warehouse Gallery, Washington, DC                     
  • 1997    University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
  • 1995    Phoenix Gallery, Gallery II, New York, NY
  • 1994    Phoenix Gallery, Gallery II, New York, NY
  • 1993    Glen Echo Gallery, U.S. Department of the Interior, Glen Echo, MD
  •             George Meany Center for Labor Studies, Silver Spring, MD
  • 1992    Rogers Gallery, University of Missouri, Columbia, MD
  •             Arts Alive Gallery, Montgomery County Arts Council, Bethesda, MD
  • 1985    Leslie Powell Gallery and Foundation, Lawton, OK

Selected Exhibitions and Juried Shows 2002-2014

  • 2014    Phoenix Gallery, "Here We Are", New York, NY
  •             Susan Calloway Fine Arts, "Everything's Rosy", Washington, DC
  • 2013    Susan Calloway Fine Arts, "Chance Encounters", Washington, DC
  •             Phoenix Gallery, "Spring 2013 Gallery Group", New York, NY
  •             Gloucester Arts on Main, Gloucester, VA
  • 2012    Chapel Hill Arts Council Selected Artists, Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2010    Museum of the Great Plains, Leslie Powell Gallery, Lawton, OK
  • 2008    Cameron University Invitational, Lawton, OK
  •             Sewall- Belmont Museum, Girls Gotta Run, Washington, DC  
  •             The Watergate Gallery, 12 Painters, Washington, DC  
  •             The Mansion at Strathmore, Rockville, MD  
  • 2006    25th Annual Montpelier Invitational Exhibition, four artists
  •             Sculpture Now, Washington Square, Washington, DC, Sarah Tanguy, Juror
  • 2005    Strathmore Hall, “Exhibit of 12”, Bethesda, MD
  • 2003    Open Exhibition, Fairfax, VA, 2nd prize, Juror, Stephen Bennett Phillips
  •             Curator, Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
  •             Touchstone Gallery, Joe Shannon, Juror, Washington, DC
  •             Target Gallery, Kathleen Moran, Juror, Alexandria, VA
  •             Sculpture Now ’03- Giorgio Furioso, Juror, Washington, DC
  •             American Center for Physics, Sarah Tanquy, Curator, College Park, MD
  •             Nexus Gallery, National Juried Small Works Show, New York City, NY
  •             Sculpture Now, Phil Lee, Juror, Washington, DC
  •             Spectrum Gallery, “Artists Invite Artists,” Washington, DC
  • 2002    Harmony Hall, Two-Woman Show, Ft. Washington, MD
  •             Leslie Powell Gallery & Foundation, Two-Woman Show, Lawton, OK

Museums, Corporate Exhibitions and Collections

US Embassy, Zagreb, Croatia

US Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan

Albright-Knox Museum, Buffalo, NY

Washington Technology Park, Annandale, VA

GTE Government Systems Corporation, Chantilly, VA

TRW Systems Integration Group, Fairfax, VA 

Mitre Corporation, Reston, VA

Logistics Management Institute, McLean, VA

Whiteford, Taylor, and Preston, L.L.P, Washington, D.C.

Mitre Corporation, McLean, VA, Corporate Art Program

Washington Technology Park, Chantilly, VA


M.F.A. in Painting, The American University, Washington, DC

B.F.A, Cameron University, Lawton, OK

B.S. in Environmental Design, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Additional Studies

  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • Corcoran School of Art and Design, Washington, DC
  • Central Texas College, Kileen, TX
  • Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD
  • Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • Painting Fellowship with Kay Walkingstick
  • Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Smyrna Beach, FL
  • Visual Arts Fellowship with Alison Saar

The Critics Say...

"The Georgetown Dish"

Colorfully bold, abstract works in oil and mixed media, Beth Cartland's latest exhibition, The Shape of Color II, reflect the spontaneity and masterful techniques of the artist.

Washington DC, 2012


"Multiple Choices" in Sonic Electric

While contemporary art can be shocking, stark, and at times seemingly without meaning, Beth Cartland’s work is vibrant, engaging, and while still maintaining that modern kick. The collection of thirty four oils on canvas and paper grabs attention and holds it tightly.

Cartland’s classical contemporary abstracts are fantastic, uplifting and at times intensely subdued. With hints of passion, joy, curiosity, and reflection, contemplation is imminent.  Her color choices are deeply rich and highlighted by bright yellows, blacks, reds, and blues that pull the viewer into various interpretations and discussions.

“Many of my color choices come from a trip to Spain that my husband and I took.” Beth states.  “Even the airports in Spain are covered with beautiful works of sculpture, paintings and tiles.  I loved the colors.  The reds were vibrant and deep in color, and the use of black and deep blues was significant.”

Sketching and drawing since childhood, Cartland followed her passion and graduated with a Masters of Fine Arts from The American University. Her works have been exhibited at the International Women’s Conference in Beijing, China, in the Embassies of Croatia and Pakistan via the U.S. Department of State’s Art in Embassies program, and in numerous galleries throughout the U.S. and Venezuela.

In classic style of contemporary painting Beth applies one “base stroke” to the canvass, and then allows the movement of her hand and brush, along with her emotion at the time, to become one with the creation process.  “I do not start with an idea, but with emotion and color.” Beth states.

Appropriately titled, “Multiple Choices” makes decisions for purchase an extremely difficult one.

Washington, DC, May 2010


"Swedish Scene"

The opening of artist Beth Cartland's solo show - "Multiple Choices" -- at Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Georgetown in Washington, D.C., was held on Friday evening, May 14. The show features a group of abstract paintings that embody the process of painting and illustrates the decision making involved in creating a work of art. Through formal tropes - color, line, composition - the artist builds the surface of a painting by responding to her own actions and surrounding environment.

Beth Cartland uses a wide range of techniques and materials in her art. She combines classic technique with an innovative view of the world.

Washington, DC, May 2010


"From Time to Time" Five artists selected by Sarah Tanguy, art critic"

Cartland's Fossil House Series adopts an archeological approach to process, materials, and meaning to explore the house as sanctuary of memories and mysteries....Fragments of skin-like Tibetan paper as well as gold and silver leaf add texture and flashes of light..Each house from the series emerges from primal swirls of paint, and is enclosed in a box frame to echo the idea of shelter...

The American Center for Physics, College Park, MD, 2002


"Artspeak", New York; by Ed McCormack

"Beth Cartland is a talented abstract painter from Washington, DC, whose large oils are inspired by what she call 'emotional and spiritual spaces,' as well as landscape spaces.

Cartland puts a high premium of spontaneity and the physical process of painting, putting her whole body into the stroke to create compositions in which sensually rounded forms engulf the viewer with their sweeping rhythms. She employs a broad vocabulary of varied impastoes, glazes, drips, and other elements - including oilstick calligraphy - to enliven her surfaces and enhance the tactile appeal of her paintings.

In her large canvas "Cycle IV", powerful white shapes at the top of the composition conduct a visceral dialogue with glistening areas of red at the bottom, creating a compelling formal interaction.

Another large canvas, "Magic of the Wichita Rocks" takes its inspiration from a natural subject, which Cartland transforms into a monumental composition and a rich coloristic statement.

Also including a group of smaller abstractions in oil and acrylic, notable for their sensual textures created through the resist method" this show reveals Cartland as an artist with an impressive range of effects to support a strong personal vision."

New York City, 1994


KOAN, Ken Oda's Art Newsletter

"Worth Seeing", "Frankly Female", at The Collector Art Gallery, Washington, DC. "And Beth Cartland's 'Letting Go/Fallen Seeds' is a bold, beautiful abstract expressionist painting."

Washington, DC, 1994


Artscapes "What's New at Arts Alive! by Tom May

..An array of paintings and prints by artist Beth Cartland.enigmatic and lyrically haunting abstractions of color, time, and mood.provided a fitting visual counterpoint to the spectrum of performances that punctuated the evening..

Verbal images yielded to the poetry of motion as Beth Davis, director of dance theater at Glen Echo, led her ensemble "In Good Company" in a series of starkly choreographed pieces in conversation with the artwork on the wall. The use of shadows cast on these works by the moving dancers was effective.

One of the evening's highlights involved a synthesis of this array of talent in the form of multimedia dedication of one of the featured Beth Cartland paintings."Time Like an Ever Rolling Stream." As The Blenders returned to sing the Bach chorale which is source of the painting's inspiration and title, the members of "In Good Company" simultaneously danced a series of solos, providing an eloquent statement of interaction with the canvas.

Arts Alive! Gallery, Bethesda, MD, 1991