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Conversations with Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw

Today we’d like to introduce you to Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
Since I started painting full-time in 2019 after retiring, it has been relatively simple in ways and difficult in other ways. I was so excited to get back into my real true passion that was the simple part. It was too hard to paint much when I was working full time so I would just take classes off and on but in the last ten years of my Interior Design business, I had no time or a place to paint.

I have been taking a lot of workshops in the past couple of years which can really make you realize all that there is to learn and hope you continue to learn, but you can get overloaded with all of the information. I have decided to narrow it down to maybe two workshops a year and try and practice what I think was informative for me in each one. The hard part is getting your artwork out there to people but belonging to art groups can really help in that area. It is difficult to sit and do the mundane part on the computer for social media and my monthly newsletter.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I believe I enjoy painting animals the most but do not want to restrict myself to just one subject. I also enjoy branching out to landscapes, floral and once in a while a boat or truck! With pastels being my only medium that I specialize in it keeps it simple, but I have in the past taken oil, watercolor, clay sculpture and colored pencils. I just found the combination of drawing and painting that pastel gives me is what I would like to stay with and try and perfect it to the best of my ability.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
Well, I probably lean towards not being a big risk taker however, I am trying to get better at being one. I think you have to take risks to some degree if you want to keep growing. I don’t want to get bored or stagnant with what I do. I have found I’m a more realism painter however, I am attracted to more impressionistic painterly pieces. I keep trying to go that way and it seems I accomplish it more when I don’t like something I’ve done and I’ll just start being loose with it and end up with liking it better. I’m not a super detailed artist as I do not have the patience or eyesight for that type of painting but loosening up is a process I keep striving for in my art.

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Image Credits
Mountain Layers and Cows – Marie Bedard Caton Cardinal and Crow – Kaye Earney Agave, Prickly Pear and Dog – me Bev Horse – Jeneviere Brunetti *The other photographers are from Face Book Free Reference Photos for Artists

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