Bethany Cochran is a multi-disciplinary and self-taught artist based in North Carolina. She is fell in love with the arts at a young age growing up in Brooklyn, NY. A drawing pad and pencil were always in tow, and she has fond memories of her parents taking her to some of her favorite places to practice her artwork: The Brooklyn Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Museum.
Bethany’s artwork has a classical contemporary twist. Her work is recognized for her emotive color palettes, gestural brushstrokes, yet realistic forms. She considers herself “binary-minded”, meaning that there is a constant push and pull between her analytical and creative propensities. She has found a resolve to this dichotomy through her career in data analytics and her artwork. She is known to nerd out equally over spreadsheets as she does mixing color palettes. A similar dichotomy exists in her artwork as well, where one will find equal parts discipline and free-spiritedness. Individuals may find themselves connecting to either the discipline (realistic forms) or the free-spiritedness (gestural brush strokes or minimalist deconstructions) of her work.
Bethany enjoys using a variety of mediums and is currently working in oil, oil pastels, acrylic, and alcohol ink.
It is my pleasure to exhibit some of my favorite line drawing works from my most recent line drawing collection, Stanza II. This collection has been an intensive time of study and reflection on my time as a dancer and the human form. Throughout the collection, you will find a focused interest in posture, movement, and powerful pauses.
I enjoy doing line work because it challenges me to see in the simplest framework possible - lines, curves, and shapes. However, when I am finished, I am left seeing a powerful representation of humanity, our frailty, and the question of what we are to do with ourselves as we call each day today.