High Plains Artist Exhibits Pastel Paintings in NYC


Bethany Fields grew up in the Texas panhandle loving most phases of art.

Spending time on opposite coasts (Boston and California) only grew that love, as Fields embraced performing and painting. The dream was to audition, but Fields says having children slowed that process down. So she started seeking out other forms of expression, and picked up pastel painting about 9 years ago. Pastel was the expression of choice, which was a messy form of art. But recently, Fields has tried to be very intentional in her painting.

“I decided…four years ago, to just really try to paint something every day,” Fields says. “And so I started out in the guest bedroom of my home, and I sat on the floor and I would scratch out little trees and flowers on just any kind of paper that I had.”

Fields says her pastel work developed as she got better supplies.

In the middle of September, Fields went to the National Arts Club in Gramercy Park in New York City. She exhibited a pastel for the Pastel Society of America. She says she got to mingle with artists from all over the world.

Fields calls herself a lover of nature, and says she’ll see something while out for a car ride and will want to paint it. And even though the Texas Panhandle can get a bad rap sometimes because it’s not too pretty, Fields says there is beauty here. You just have to train yourself to see it.

“Training yourself to see those beautiful moments, you begin to see more and more and more,” Fields says. “It’s all about perspective and slowing down, noticing the world around you and being grateful for how beautiful it is.”

The same pastel exhibited in NYC has also been selected to the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. Fields says that exhibit will be available in 2018.

To contact Bethany Fields and to see more of her work, visit http://bethanyfields.com/.

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