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Beth Appleton

Artist Statement: Beth Appleton

I was born in California but spent most of my childhood right in the middle of what my family calls “Old Florida”. My first appreciation for art was self taught, found in the rows of kitsch for sale at my aunt’s roadside fruit stand. Silver Springs was my playground; I practiced underwater ballet and dreamed one day I would become a Weekie Wachee mermaid. Today, while lost in art, I can still float.

The work I create holds this history while it invents where to go next. Personal experience adds layers that can be seen. Early works celebrated Highwaymen sunsets while life in New Mexico saturated palettes. Years spent on a Quincy farm cultivated dragon’s blood red and travels to Belize brought the bright yellows. A life full of stories weaves through my work.

For the past 26 years, I have worked from my studio home on the Gulf coast of Florida, a place of boundless inspiration. Here, I delight in tiny marine life and stand in awe of infinite sky.

Art is intuitive and exhilarating; it is good for the soul.

Artist Biography

1971: Graduated Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

1971 – 1976: Taught art to all ages in public schools and community centers while continuing fine art graduate course studies at FSU.

1979 – 1988: Employed as a layout and design artist; drawing and figure studies continued. Volunteered in Gadsden County Florida schools, developed community outreach art programs.

1989: Teamed with husband, David Harbaugh,

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  1. Beth, can't believe I saw your name, artwork, etc. in an anthology that my cousin, Sarojani Rohan, is also featured in! She lives in CA and I've seen her whenever possible!

    I'm living in the DC area now, if you are ever out east, and on Facebook-maiden name-Gale Dubin.
    I would love to hear from you! Your work is amazing. One of my relatives has an art gallery in NY-180 Maiden Lane, NYC if you are

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