artist's statement


Beth O'Donnell Shooting in Zambia
Shooting in Zambia

Moving beyond literal representation, I use the camera to interpret the world — a place, a feeling, or an experience. I hope the resulting images challenge the viewer to look again at what passes in front of them, transcending the surface to reach the essence. That's what excites me. It keeps me in the moment, one moment at a time. From beach scenes and mountain vistas, to urban scenes that reflect back to me, I offer these calming, reassuring photographs as simple hope in our ever-changing world.

mixed media

As a photographer with a love of painting, I found a natural progression by blending my two interests to create mixed media works. The process starts with mounting photographs on birch panel. Next, I cover the images with layers of encaustic wax and paint using pigmented oil sticks and inks. The Shot From the Highline series is something that I wanted to create as I live next to the Highline path and find it an amazing work of art. I found a balance between the landscapes and the cityscapes to create these storyboards as I did with the Watertower Series, which was shot in New York City in 1999. Both the Highline and SoHo's iconic water towers are historically important and architecturally beautiful features of the New York skyline. My focus is currently on my African series One Tribe. The rich texture of the encaustic wax allows me to capture the beauty of the land where man was born.

- Beth O'Donnell, NYC