Bethany Vanderputten, San Francisco Member Since December 2006 Artist Statement I am a realistic painter from Canada passionate about telling inspirational stories through my artwork. My work builds on the expressionist and impressionist traditions as I explore my emotional connection to each subject. Particularly through the use of texture and color play I use a variety of textural mediums and painting tools in order to provide a statement unique to each finished painting. I paint mainly in acrylic paint on hardboard.
I received a Bachelor of Design degree from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada, and recently completed my Master of Fine Arts degree in Illustration at the Academy of Art University located in San Francisco. Some of my influences include: Kazuhiko Sano, Dennis Budgen, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Gauguin, Gustav Klimt, Mary Cassatt, and Claude Monet among many others.
My background in graphic design, extensive travels, and love for music all inform my creativity - bringing strong concepts, movement and emotion, and intense color to my art.
My studio is located near Chinatown in San Francisco, and when I’m not painting I spend my spare time shopping, playing piano and singing, reading, or enjoying the Bay Area.