Penny Beesley is the January featured artist at the Society of Bluffton Artists (SoBA) gallery. “Following Intuition: Expressive Abstracts” will be an exhibit of Acrylic, Charcoal, and Pastel. The show is scheduled from January 2-February 4, 2018. An opening reception is slated for 3-5 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the gallery in Old Town Bluffton.
Beesley was raised in an art loving family and her weekends were often spent at her father’s elbow in his studio. Art was a focal point during high school followed by Eastern Michigan University, attaining a BFA in ceramics and painting. Inspiration and motivation continue to come from nature’s surrounding stimulus of color, form and light, a background presence of music, man-made or natural, and the emotions brought on by them.
“My initial approach is spontaneous and intuitive. I begin by gathering a selection of paint colors and papers often inspired by the environment I live in,” said Beesley. Color, shapes, negative space definition and the motion of abstract expressionism come from an inner spot that flows and speaks for her. Beesley also finds a mix of media opens more opportunities for chance chemistry. The argument inside the skin has always been to be abstract and spontaneous, to follow the push-pull. Collage media and mono print papers bring chance juxtaposition and build up texture. Color and motion are essential elements. The exploration of techniques is a continuing learning experience.