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bethany christensen

MK

I am a true third culture kid. My parents were Wycliffe Bible Translators. I was born in Indonesia, moved schools every year till high school, and have lived in Indonesia, the Philippines, Honduras, London, and the United States. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. My subject matter and choice of media is driven largely by what I am teaching my students or what I am interested in at the time.

 

I enjoy all types of media including charcoal, graphite, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, ink, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and After Effects.  

 

While I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. I find inspiration in the written word, the outdoors, and the creativity of others. I start with a rough sketch or quickly generated idea on the computer. Each project starts with an idea but usually evolves into something different and better.  

 

Although there may not always be material similarities between the different projects they are linked by similar elements and my own artistic style. I have found that I am drawn towards rich, robust color schemes. I think this could be attributed to the fact that I grew up in Indonesia and was surrounded by gorgeous sunsets, beautiful flowers, and bright plumage.  The subject matter of each body of work determines the materials and the forms of the work.

 

TEACHING 

Now as a teacher, I have the opportunity to pass on my passion for creativity to my students. The limiting factor in any artist's career is one's imagination. I try to instill in my students' the idea that whatever they dream up can be accomplished with enough effort and diligence.