Beth Drainville is a painter, illustrator, arts educator, and another one of our fabulous Rhode Island artists. Beth found her artistic calling at an early age when she was inspired by the farmland and open space of her childhood hometown, and has since continued to base her paintings on her natural surroundings.
Beth often works “en plen air” or in her home studio in rural Rhode Island. Her appreciation for nature and the rural lifestyle is a focus of much of her work,
connecting art history and nature. The immediacy of painting outdoors, personally observing and responding to changing conditions, is reflected in the expressive style of Beth’s work. Her alla-prima technique with loose, confident brushwork and bold use of color displays the ever changing wonder of nature and landscape.
Beth attended the University of Rhode Island for fine arts and has continued to work in education. Beth is a Roster Artist for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, where she has the opportunity to collaborate with Rhode Island communities to build arts-in-education initiatives. She has taught at high schools across the state in order to develop a more arts-integrated curriculum that promotes visual thinking strategies and creative problem-solving.
Beth has shown her work throughout Rhode Island and eastern Connecticut at such venues as the Mystic Art Center, Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, and the Gilbert Stuart Museum and Bell Gallery. Her watercolor illustrations have appeared in Harper Collins, Fancy Nancy, Gina B Designs, Noteworthy Collections and Harvest Hill Press.
To see all of Beth’s endearing work, visit her website.