Thursday, January 23, 2020

DPW Spotlight Interview: Beverly Bruntz

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings. To enter to win Beverly painting "The Trail" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Beverly's DPW Gallery Page:

An oil painter, Beverly is often drawn to paint outdoors. Her expressive oil paintings are meant to transport the viewer to ordinary places that evoke a sense of nostalgia. For inspiration she travels the backroads finding rural scenes and quiet spaces. Now living in the bluegrass region of Kentucky, she has an endless supply of subjects. While the subject of her paintings varies, it is the quality of the light that helps her narrow in on a particular scene.

Each painting presents a new set of challenges. Beverly tries to hone in on the elements she can control and then lets the beauty of the moment take over. Inevitably there is a surprise during the creative process. For Beverly, it is that element of spontaneity that motivates her to keep painting.

On Daily Paintworks you will find smaller works and studies at an affordable price. Enjoy. For larger works or more information on Beverly please visit www.beverlybruntzfinearts.com

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting. Did you have any stops and starts in your painting career? 

From as early as I can remember, I have always had a love for drawing but never studied art formally. In my mid thirties I decided to enroll in art at my local community college as a stress reliever from my corporate job. That beginning drawing class grew into another and another. Eventually, I graduated with a degree in Illustration and worked in graphic design for a textile company. I would paint occasionally in the evenings or on weekends for several years. When that job ended I decided to take the opportunity to get more serious about painting as a full time career. Since then, there have been a few years when I have had to find other sources of income. But, I always come back to what I truly love, painting.

What mediums and genres have you experimented with? 

I’ve tried many media: drawing, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, scratchboard, oil.

The Trail
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Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing Beverly's interview.

Which ones have "stuck" and which ones have fallen away? 

Oil is the medium that suits me best. I find oil to have the most possibilities for exploring. I also appreciate the archival qualities of an oil painting.

Who or what inspires you most?

I paint from life whenever possible. In the warmer months, I paint a lot of landscapes in plein air. But I also love to paint still life, animals, and sometimes experiment with abstraction.

Wooded Light
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What does procrastination look like for you?

Procrastination usually shows up in my day in the form of social media. So I try to limit my time and have a plan for upcoming posts before opening the apps.

What techniques work to ensure that you make time for your art?

I have tried to keep the same schedule for my art as I did when I was working for someone else. Monday through Friday, nine to five. However, that changes when going to a paint out or gallery openings. I tend to work more than a forty hour week most of the time.

Sunrise Dawning
(click to view)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

I am typically drawn to a subject to paint by the quality of the light.

How do you keep art "fresh?" What techniques have helped you avoid burnout and keep your work vibrant and engaging?

I find going to openings, museums, seeing others artwork, listening to art podcasts are great ways to keep my art mindset ‘fresh’.

Cafe Au Lait
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What do you feel you are learning about right now as an artist?

Right now as an artist I am learning more about entrepreneurship. Something I wished I had learned in art school. With the traditional gallery/artist model changing, entrepreneurship is imperative in order to continue to have an art career.

What makes you happiest about your art?

It is such a blessing to be able to make art. To be able to choose what type of art I want to make. Actually making an income from my work, that’s even better.

Blue Creek Fall
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Thanks, Beverly!

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