Creating art is a challenge to translate what I see onto paper, a constant push to capture the essence of a subject with energy, texture and layered strokes. I studied Art at UNC Asheville from 1996-2000 with concentration in pastels and figure drawing. My work in college left me with a love of drawing and mixed media techniques.

Since 2000 I have been working in oil pastels, experimenting and incorporating them with other media and on different supports.  I use underpainting in watercolor or water soluble pastels underneath the buttery, rich texture of oil pastel.   

I live in the Raleigh, NC area with my husband of ten years, our two year old daughter, and our sweet rescue dog, Penny.

Whether I paint a landscape, still life, or figurative work, I strive to demonstrate the beauty in everyday moments.  A dilapidated barn on a country road, my daughter playing in the sand with her buckets, the farm you pass every day on your way to work; are all daily treasures that you can choose to recognize or pass by without notice.  

Contact me at bethany@bethanybryantart.com with questions and for information on commissions.  I love to hear from you!

Group Exhibitions

  2012     Yadkin Arts Council             Eye of the Artist         Juried         Yadkinville, NC

  2012     NC Museum of Art               Art of the Auction       Juried         Raleigh, NC

  2011     Locally Grown                      Visual Art Exchange    Juried         Raleigh, NC

  2011     Southern Menagerie             JL Raleigh                  Juried         Raleigh, NC

  2011     Oxidation                            Halle Cultural Center   Juried         Apex, NC

  2011     Art Affaire                           Defining Design         Juried          Apex, NC

  2011     Cool Notes                           Apex Arts Council                          Apex, NC

  2011     Pulp                                     Visual Art Exchange   Juried          Raleigh, NC

  2011     Oceanic Latitudes                 Apex Arts Council                         Apex, NC

  2010     A Sense of Place                   Halle Cultural Center  Juried          Apex, NC

  2007     Travel Scenes                       Visual Art Exchange   Juried          Raleigh, NC

Solo Exhibitions
  2005     The Apex Gallery           Apex, NC 

  2000     UNC-Asheville               A Figurative Study in Pastels Asheville, NC

  Visual Art Exchange      Raleigh, NC

  Apex Arts Council           Apex, NC

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