While browsing through Twitter, I came across artist Beth Inglish. On her Twitter profile it says, "Artist, connector, creative mind." With that in mind, I knew I had to reach out to her and listen to her story.
Tell me about yourself.
I am an artist, connector and creative mind. I "intuitively" use my creativity to paint abstract art on canvas to emotionally and spiritually connect with the audience around themes of transition and hope. My instincts and energy lead the way, choosing colors by feeling and using line to create pathways that connect one moment to the next. I open my heart to connect with the viewer in hopes that they feel what I feel. If I can tell their story through my story then we can discover that we're not alone and walk together.
I'm also a community organizer in Nashville, TN and connect people to build a strong network for the art scene. In 2012, I founded the Nashville Creative Group which is now the largest creative network in Middle Tennessee. It has nearly 3,500 members communicating online daily about the arts and meeting multiple times monthly to connect in real life.
How did you get into art?
I've always wanted to be an artist since I was a child, but it never seemed practical. Fast forward through business school and multiple jobs where I was not happy. When I was 25 I finally decided to become an artist and wholeheartedly pursued my passions. I'm self-taught for over 10 years now working in mediums such as graphite on paper, collage, oil and acrylic painting and mixed media. Last year I hosted a Retrospective titled, 10 Years of Art Making for students to experience the process of creating art and the path of becoming an artist.
Why did you want to become an artist?
I'm a visual learner and see life in pictures. I connect more with images than I do text so that's just how I communicate. I want my artwork to connect with people and bring them joy. I want the viewer to sense my spirit and energy and know that I made it for them. I want my story to inspire and bring people together.
What is it about art that you love?
Creating art is a beautiful way to express yourself without saying a word. It affects the brain differently than expression through voice, and it is a powerful method to communicate visually. It's such a personal experience that can be shared with others and help stimulate conversations that may have been hard before the art was involved. Art can be used to create a collective experience that brings people together.
What does art mean to you?
Art is everything to me. It's how I express myself, connect with others and activate hard conversations about living in truth. It's about letting go, moving forward, seeing hope in dark situations. My work is a reflection of my soul reaching out to hurting people who need belief in themselves to transform their life. It's not just paint on canvas, it's a dialog between the battle of dark and light that we all experience. My latest solo show, Transition, explores movement with line and color using the line to create pathways and color to show shifts in energy. Transition is a commitment towards expansion and creates a dialog about living with awareness and intention.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
I'm a survivor of abuse and art is how I expressed myself out of the darkness. I know it heals because I've seen it work in my life and others. It's easy to be passionate about a process that reaches people and transforms lives. Knowing how powerful art has been in my life I've taken my process to the community and have hosted workshops with trauma victims so they can express themselves through creating art. Together we are building a more beautiful community! I want my impact on the world to be positive and shine my light wherever I go.