Beth Coulas, "Summer, 2004," French dyes on silk, 18" x 24".
ALBERTA: Fall show, Gallery de Jonge, Spruce Grove
By Lee Bale
A whimsical spirit and fairy tale quality illuminate the art of silk painter Beth Coulas. Coulas creates a rich fantasy landscape of simple pleasures, animated domestic scenes and idealized gardens with jewel tone colours outlined, window pane style, in black. Coulas comes from Northwestern Ontario where she studied fine arts. Now making her home in Devon, Alberta, she pursues her passion for art making full time and finds inspiration in her children and the beauty of nature. She says she paints the world the way she wishes it would be, an innocent and imaginative one, relating back to childhood. Having worked as a floral designer, jewellery artist and watercolour painter, Coulas has perfected her technique of painting with Sennilier French dyes on silk. In this medium, she finds colour to possess a saturation, flow and immediacy unparalled by paint. “Silk is unforgiving. The dyes merge and can be blended and layered to produce unpredictable results.”
Represented by: Gallery de Jonge, Spruce Grove, AB.