‘Floating in the Light’

By Jennifer Davis
November 3, 2006

Painter Trish Bethany is exhibiting 16 photo-realist oil paintings in the Floating in the Light exhibit. Her images resemble reflections by capturing reality and emotion through effervescent illumination. The exhibit opened in Grace and Joseph Gorevin Fine Arts Gallery in the Holy Spirit Library on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Both sister-in-law and dearest friend, Dr. Adeline Bethany, professor of fine arts, adores her work.

“It is from another dimension, extremely beautiful and inspiring,” Bethany said.

Indeed each and every painting is significant and has the ability to open the door to possibility, hope and courage. These paintings are inspirational in the sense that the artistic approach inevitably touches hearts.

Beth Scott, a liberal arts major, said, “Being in the art field, I find myself more critical than most. She is very talented. The light reflections are beautiful.”

In 2004 Hurricane Ivan destroyed large portions of land in Granada. Blue Solutions is a painting that signifies the post-Ivan attempt to work through shock and trauma. Each and every object resurfaces a small implication in which emotion and appreciation emerge.

“Ivan was so disruptive. Trish is trying to find beauty in destruction,” Dr. Bethany said.

Trish Bethany always enjoyed art. Ironically her degree certifies her in religious education. Many of her paintings enclose religious personification.

“God is Love” captures the afterglow of the sunset. Trish Bethany downloaded many pictures and it wasn’t until they developed that she came to an appreciation for what was actually there.

“One couldn’t ask for a more appropriate title for a painting,” Grenada Arts Council host Trish Bethany said.

Always being fond of photography, she moved on to England to study privately. Her talent was primarily self-taught and self-driven.

Dr. Bethany smiled and said, “She always enjoyed art.”

Trish Bethany is a member of the Grenada Arts Council. It is a non-profit volunteer organization that promotes the visual arts in Grenada. The hosts exhibit in Grenada and internationally. Recent exhibition took place at the organization of American State Headquarters in Washington D.C. This coincided with the 25th anniversary of Grenada’s independence.

According to the Grenada’s Art Council, “the exhibition was enthusiastically received.”

With prices ranging from $800 to $2000, some of her paintings are being reduced as they have been repaired after damage from Hurricane Ivan. Trish Bethany had requested that the entire sale price of the paintings be donated to the Roman Catholic Diocese of the West Indies, designated to go to the cathedral reconstruction fund.

Taking the time to applaud her accomplishments, Trish Bethany will continue to explore her artistic and spiritual talents. “My paintings are an attempt to share the light and beauty with you,” Trish Bethany said.

With every stroke and with each canvas, Trish Bethany’s paintings have the potential to inspire those with her open mind, caring heart and boundless soul.

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