When we were planning our next installment of Artist Spotlight we realized that one of our favorite artists had not yet been featured! The tragedy! Beth Gandy is an artist based in Dallas who does amazing large, colorful (shocker) abstract pieces. Her work is featured in galleries all over the US including DFW, Santa Fe, North Carolina and California. One of the places she sells her work, Park & Eighth here in Fort Worth, was where we discovered her and since then she has become one of our favorite artists to recommend to clients.
SGD: Can you briefly walk us through your story? How did you get started and how did you get to where you are today?
BG: I started painting in high school, but I didn't paint much after that until I had kids. I painted wall murals for several years, then children's portraits. I started painting abstracts about 11 years ago using figures as my base or starting point.
SGD: Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
BG: As we all know, it has been a long process of learning and growing. I think the quote from Derek Fordjour says it best, "Artists are people who work hard to get lucky."
SGD: What are you most proud of and what sets you apart from other artists?
BG: I am proud that people actually enjoy my work and that so many support my art. I would say my use of color sets me apart.
SGD: What advice would you give to someone at the start of his or her career?
BG: I say to paint as often as you can, keep learning from as many others as possible and give back when you can.
SGD: What artists do you admire and why?
BG: Joaquin Sorolla for his use of color, Willem de Koonig for his style, everything about Joan Mitchell and the figures from Richard Diebenkorn.
SGD: If you weren't an artist, what would you be?
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All photos courtesy of Beth Gandy