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Check out Esther BeLer Wodrich’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Esther BeLer Wodrich.

Esther, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am blessed to love what I do and do what I love.

As a young child, I wanted to be an artist when I grew up (ok, maybe also a ballerina). I loved all things colorful and creative: I joined art clubs, took AP art in high school and eventually went on to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2001)

After graduating college, I attempted to pursue an art career but was paralyzed by the need to create something unique and conceptually relevant. Ultimately this was my undoing, and I returned to the workforce I had previously been in – software development – while simultaneously growing my graphic design career. Shortly after returning to work, my husband and I decided to grow our family, and I had four children in fairly quick succession. I continued to paint and draw, but it was fairly slow going and produced just a few pieces a year.

After the birth of my 4th child in 2011, I was diagnosed with bladder cancer. Fortunately, it was very treatable, but the fear that comes with a cancer diagnosis challenged me to rededicate myself to pursuing an art career. I ignored the feelings of self-doubt and instead began creating and pursuing art opportunities – well, as much as you can with four children, ages 6 and under.

Since that time my art career has evolved and grown into several large bodies of art focusing on architecture, botanicals and most recently, portraits. I’ve enjoyed participating in many shows around the valley including a solo show in 2018 at the University Club of Phoenix. I am also pleased to be chosen as 1 of 4 artists for the DTPHX Banner Project: http://dtphx.org/2019/03/28/winning-artists-announced-for-dtphx-street-pole-banner-program/.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I began using watercolor for its ease of setup and cleanup and have stuck with it as my medium of choice. My style of painting is realistic in nature and is influenced by my work in graphic design. Sometimes I leave part of a picture out or keep the backgrounds white in an effort to keep the subject as the focal point and also in an effort to prevent the artwork from being “too” realistic.

I currently have three bodies of work: people (focusing on coming of age and family), places (detailed architecture works), and plants (desert botanicals and more).

As an artist, I hope to inspire and uplift the viewer with each and every artwork.

Artists face many challenges, but what do you feel is the most pressing among them?
The biggest challenge facing artists today is the ability to sell art. The market is flooded with cheap and abundant art alternatives that can be found at nearly any store, replacing the average consumer’s desire and appreciation for original art.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
You can find my work at various exhibits around the valley or for sale online at www.estherbeler.com. If you are in downtown Phoenix, you can find my artwork “Red Yucca” as 1 of 4 banner artworks hung around downtown.

On social media, you can find me at @estherbeler on Instagram and Facebook. Also, follow @esthers_sketchbook on Instagram for cartoon sketches of my family.

You can also sign up for a quarterly newsletter of new works and art related updates at http://eepurl.com/cDSgEH.

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