ArtistStatement

Artist Statement

In my creations, I am interested in displaying signs that are presented to me everyday. Weather it be a life lesson that I have gained or an item that emerges in my path.  I might be inspired by a piece of wood in the forest, a shoehorn from a loved one, or a frame at a yard sale. My children are most inspirational to me as they are not clouded by the prejudices that can be bestowed on one's sense of creativity.  The one thing that I have learned is that I cannot be tied to one medium for too long. I believe that is what has led me to create the multi-genera pieces that I am producing now. I like to combine different elements to make a new concept in its own altered world. I like giving something that is old or discarded a new life and meaning. Every element added has a significant meaning and purpose so that it unfolds a narrative of what I want to portray.   Painting has become part of me, although I might find different means of transpiring my images.  It helps me to recognize and appreciate my reality and how to understand the meaning of my existence. 

 

Biography

I was born in Sierra Vista, Arizona on March 29, 1975. I began to find a strong interest in art at a very young age. My dad was a sign painter by profession and painted his own personal paintings on the side. He was a great inspiration. In Jr. High I began taking classes in drawing, wood shop, and clay work. When I advanced to high school I became interested in photography and sculpture. I learned a visual concept of what was appealing to my eye through photography. Soon I applied it to sculpture. At this point, I discovered what I was meant to do and that was to be an artist.

I moved to Tucson, Arizona and enrolled at Pima Community College in fall of 1993. I began exploring different aspects of art which consisted of carving, casting, jewelry making, ceramics, sculpture, print making, painting, drawing, and photography. By dabbling in a diverse array of classes it opened up my ability to conceive images in a variety of mediums and the desire to produce unusual inspirational images.    

I then transferred to the University of Arizona to complete my Bachelor of Fine Art. While studying there, sculpture became my main focus of study, with extended interests in photography. There I gained skills which, included tig and mig welding, working in a foundry, working with metal and wood hand tools, and operating most heavy machinery that would be found in a typical workshop. I ascertained full technical ability to run and operate machinery in a black and white dark room, color dark room, and lighting studio. In attending the U of A, my main goal was to create a profound portfolio and to obtain as much education and information for my future endeavors. I graduated in December 1998.
It is essential to me as an artist to continue to seek out new and inventive ways to conceive ideas and produce art. This is where I find that the institution of school plays an enduring role in my life now and in the future. It is the means to provoke my intellect and achieve an idea that would otherwise lie dormant.

In 1999 I began teaching high school students and continue to create my own artwork in a wide variety of mediums. In 2005 and 2007 I had two children who consume the majority of my time but I try to use every spare moment to produce my images. My children are my true inspiration now and they have helped me to open up and let everyday imagery flow into what I meant to create.

Another ambition I hope to achieve is to open a personally run gallery. In this space, I have plans to have a fully equipped workshop where I can continue to create my own artwork, as well as sharing my knowledge with others in the community. The gallery will also be used to house a collection of artwork and to present individual shows. My long-term goal is to keep classical art abundant and flourishing well into the future. With its circulation, we can guarantee that it will always exist and be a part of our culture.

 

Critique of Guinter's Work

by a friend

Beth Guinter possesses a level of spirituality and sensitivity that makes her work not only timely but unique. Her skills combine beauty and realism with the intangible to create symmetry between nature and the Divine.
She finds inspiration all around us in everyday life. Her ordinary is suddenly transformed into the extraordinary. Her vision is extensive. Salvador Dali touches on the type of multi-dimensional incentives that influence Beth's formidable skills as an artist, and continually encourage her to explore many mediums to tap her vast well of creativity. A gift few will achieve.