Beth Rundquist is a fine artist and portrait painter currently living and painting in Pottersville, NJ. Her paintings embody both Realism and Impressionism and the foundations of traditional technical training. She draws her inspiration on the illustrious Russian painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries embracing both their classical techniques and flair for color and bold expression. Beth’s extensive studies include a BA in Art from Smith College, the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut, L’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts in Paris and the Repin Institute of Russia in St.Petersburg. Beth rounded out her training sculpting the figure and portrait at The Sculpture Center and Sculpture Studio in New York and. in St Petersburg, Russia.
Beth’s commissioned portraits and work can be found in prestigious private and public collections abroad and throughout the United States including Edelman, in the New York, Chicago and London offices, Fordham Law School, R Markey & Sons and The Canterbury School in Connecticut to name a few. Her works have appeared in articles and features in the magazines: American Art Collector, American Artist, H&G and House Beautiful and Southern Living.
Beth has received numerous awards for her work including the Richard and Mary Schroeder Portrait Award, Utrecht Award for Excellence, Bryan Family Foundation Award from the Copley Society in Boston, 1st Prize Patrons choice, Copley Society, Circle Scholarship Award, Merit Award, Portrait Society of America and Award from The Pen and Brush, Inc in New York.
Beth has taught drawing and painting for over 20 years both privately and most recently at The New York Academy of Art in. New York from 2011-2020 and offers numerous Plein Air and Portrait Painting Workshops both in the US and abroad.
Beth’s paintings have been shaped by her exposure to great teachers here and abroad and her formal training is the foundation that allows her to explore and express her observations in nature and express her life experiences in her paintings. She is most drawn to the complexity and challenges of painting the human figure and portraiture, though she draws equal inspirations from painting en plein air and from still life in the studio. Her abilities to navigate a myriad of subjects and her love of painting are apparent in her glorious paintings.