the beginning, trees have furnished us with two of life's essentials, food
and oxygen. As we evolved, they provided additional necessities such as
shelter, medicine, and tools.
their value continues to increase and more benefits of trees are being
discovered as their role expands to satisfy the needs created by our
modern lifestyles. Silently in our minds, they rise as symbols of
stability, dignity, adventure, comfort and knowledge.
Beth Sellars, trees provide her with a spiritual experience as she wanders
among these tall and silent sentinels. Using oils, acrylics, watercolour,
pastels, fibre and forest “findings,” Beth expresses her deepening
awareness and understanding of her relationship to trees.
started exploring her creative side when she turned fifty years of age.
“You figure it out,” she quips with a chuckle. Primarily self-taught,
Beth enrolled in some workshops while she was living in British Columbia,
however, her learning process is her own. “I explore, I feel my way
along, I muddle, I meditate, I try, try and try again,” remarks Beth.
“I think my work is better, possibility more skilled technically. I know
it’s more adventurous, confident and deeper because I’ve changed.”
each new painting different from the one she has just completed is one of
Beth’s goals. “Each is a challenge for me. I stretch myself and
occasionally I succeed.”
creating the diverse paintings and masks that will be included in the
show, Beth experienced a deeper awareness and understanding of her
relationship to trees. “I had to stretch my mind, skills and creativity
to say all this through a painting,” explains Beth. “Each painting is
a piece of me. In this one, I am peaceful and calm. This next one that is
so out there I wonder where did it come from? Another reminds me of a
is looking forward to showing this new body of work with visitors to the
Chapel Gallery. “I want to connect with people who might understand what
I’m trying to say and to share a monumental part of my life,” reveals
Beth. “I hope viewers experience a deeper meaning when next walking in
the woods. It’s more than just seeing with the eyes, it’s opening
oneself to calmness, an inner joy at the simplicity and beauty of lush
mosses and the absence of confusion. There is a spirit, spirituality
within the woods. I’ve tried to share that through my art. Trees form
and grow individually. They serve different purposes. Can you see this in