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Beth's roots were established among musicians, writers, and artists. Her own journey began with cello lessons taught by her father. It soon became apparent after trying drawing classes, that Art would be "IT" for her.
Beth graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts and a Masters in Counseling. An excitement transpired when combining these two areas through her work with developmentally disabled adults. She began teaching at United Cerebral Palsy and continues today at various adult training programs. Each year Beth organizes an Art Show to display the year's projects done by those that attend the programs. She states, "I love watching my students discover ways to express themselves."
Since moving to Southwest Florida in the 80's with her husband and while raising two children, Beth's interest was piqued by the local history of the Seminole Indians and the native plants and animals. Working with pine needles as her chosen medium is a way to be immersed in her love for nature. With pine needles falling daily in her yard, there is an unending supply. She also often finds useful "treasures" for inspiration on her daily walks and runs with her Chocolate Lab, Milo. Beth incorporates old basketry techniques with contemporary ideas for her unique interpretations of the critters and creatures around her.