I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in January 2021, I soon discovered a feverish passion for translating my world into paint. I have always been absurdly delighted by color, carefully studying differences in hues and shades, how they relate to one another, viscerally reacting to combinations that appeal or repel. When I paint, I am fully immersed in hue, shadow, and light. My practice is to paint daily, and to absorb lessons from each piece. I work in acrylic, on paper, wood, and canvas.
Painting, for me, is a quiet thrill ride. I am drawn to simple subjects–fruit on my kitchen table, an open field in my home state of Maine, a barn in Vermont. My work is a striving for space, joy, and simplicity in our noisy and chaotic world. My work draws cues from classicism, realism, and impressionism. I am inspired by the luminous light of Sargent, the vivacious color of Kahlo, the clean hues of Hopper, and the brilliant exactitude of contemporary classicist Jacob Collins.
My portfolio can be found on my website at bethboucher.art