DescriptionWelsh mythology tells us that on stormy nights when the wind is howling the Wild Hunt led by the Gwyn ap Nudd—the King of Annwyn—rides the skies in search of travelers to take to his Celtic underworld realm. Accompanied by his white hounds with their red ears, he leaves behind one to wait with his queen. The Queen of Annwyn is mystically beautiful and serene as she sits perched in an old oak tree.The land of Annwyn is associated with both death and faery, and she is queen of both. In her hair are leaves, blossoms, and berries of Belladonna—also known as deadly nightshade.
Beth Hansen-Buth, Minneapolis Member Since October 2008 Artist Statement Beth Hansen-Buth, painter of faery and myth, has emerged as one of today's premier visionary artists. Working out of her studio in her 96 year old bungalow in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Beth's work is increasingly sought out by collectors of visionary art from all over the world.
Featured in FATE Magazine as the Painter to the Faery Court, Beth's visionary work has been published in Pentacle Magazine, Seventh House Publishing's "Season's of the Witch" calendars in 2003 and 2004, and she has done numerous illustrations for "Tales of the Unanticipated", a speculative fiction small press publication.
ARTIST STATEMENT: “Nothing inspires me more than time spent in nature. Feeling the wind in my hair and listening to the leaves rustling in the trees makes me long for my walking stick, and off I go on another journey of wonder and delight. There, I commune with the spirits of nature, great and small. When I get back to my studio, the themes that present themselves in my work are those of transformation and ethereal boundaries. Otherworldly characters such as faeries, mermaids, fauns, gods, goddesses and dryads cross over into our world, opening up new possibilities of thought and influence. I find additional insights from my studies of mythology and faery lore, and they find their way into my paintings enriching each with story."