Beverly Wilson turns ordinary moments into the extraordinary. Her dramatic oil paintings are inspired by the changes of the seasons, temperature and light. With bold compositions, unique strokes, and a personal collection of colors, she expresses the universal rhythms of rural life and her love of the countryside.
Beverly has been an artist since childhood and was strongly encouraged by her parents to follow her passion. As a student of Richard Diebenkorn at UCLA in the early 1970s, she was drawn to the qualities of the expressionists and colorists and her work began an evolution into a vibrant style of her own. After earning a BFA, she spent a year in Italy selling her sketches as she traveled through the vineyard regions of Tuscany and Umbria. It was this love of the wine country and the tranquility of rural life that eventually brought her to the Napa Valley.
Upon returning to California, she embarked on a commercial design career in the wine industry which lasted twenty years. A watershed moment in her journey was when her mother was stricken with cancer. At the onset of her mother’s illness she began painting again seeing how much pleasure and hope it brought. After her mother’s death she put her design business aside and was compelled to pursue her original love of painting full time. Today she lives and paints in the Napa Valley countryside and wherever travels may take her.
“I describe myself as a colorist and my painting style is informed by the California Impressionists. I keep camera and sketch pad with me at all times and never hesitate to stop off the road or trample through a field to record the most unique perspective of what has captured my attention. Working in my studio, I take just the basic information from the photos and sketches, not concerning myself with the actual colors or details. On the canvas, the composition is only loosely indicated which gives me flexibility to add and subtract elements as I wish. A painting emerges after many sessions of layering colors which gives the finished work a rich, luminous quality bringing my vision to life. The land itself and man’s place in it are favorite themes and I am especially drawn to the simple, humble activities of those who work in the fields.”
Beverly recently held her first solo exhibition at the Bakersfield Museum of Art and has received numerous awards in oil painting. Collectors include Mr. and Mrs. David Wolper, Beringer Vineyards, Franzia Winery, The Doctor’s Company, The Banff School of Fine Arts, Robert Craig Winery, Justin Vineyards, Lasgoity Vineyards, Demptos Cooperage, The Napa Valley Museum and U.S. Congressman Mike Thompson.