Beth Picard is a contemporary mixed media artist from Birmingham, Alabama. After owning several small businesses over the past fifteen years, all of which incorporated her art, but required a lot of time on the computer to scan, render and make her art ready for products, etc… she decided to go back to her first love of painting and fully dedicate herself to that in 2017. Beth’s parents recognized her love of art when she was young and encouraged her through private lessons starting when she was six. She has explored almost all mediums through the last fifty-five years, but acrylics and watercolors are her favorite.
Smile! Laugh! Be Happy! These are the things I want to happen when you look at my art. Remember a fun party, remember when YOU were a "wild woman, look at an abstract and see things that no one else sees! This is the fun of art for me. I love bright colors because they seem to bring out excitement and happiness for everyone- (at least that is what people tell me about my art).
I have been drawing, painting and doing art of all types for a REALLY long time! Just like most artists I know, I started when I was old enough to hold a crayon and since then I have drawn or painted on just about anything that will stand still. I took art lessons starting when I was about six and continued until I entered college. And no, I don't have an art degree-(thank you creepy professor that ruined wanting to be an art major for me.) BUT, I have ALWAYS painted, for me, for my friends, for FUN!
In 2017- shortly before my 60th birthday, I began painting again full time. I closed a very profitable online business to concentrate fully on PAINTING. It was a scary decision but hey- I don't want to be Grandma Moses- I want to do this NOW!
Starting in high school with my first business, I painted denim shirts with my own designs. After college I painted floor cloths for interior designers in Birmingham, and did hand painted designs on clothing for a local clothing designer. After moving from Birmingham for several years, I started my own line of children's clothes with hand painted designs. Then there was a stint as ceramist, where I designed and made lamps, bowls, platters all hand painted by me and sold them in several stores, as well as at the Birmingham Decorator's Showhouse. I also made mosaic sinks for a real estate developer and sold mosaic benches at The Arbor.
In 1996, I wrote and illustrated a children's book "The Bedside Table", which was chosen by Books a Million in Birmingham, as their book of the month in October of 1998, in Birmingham.
In 2002 I started manufacturing my own line of stationery and invitations, Fabulous Designs. My line was carried by 100+ of the best stationery stores across the country. The most exciting thing that happened was being chosen to do the invitations for the White House Correspondent's Dinner After Party, which was hosted by the Ambassador of Columbia and actress, Kerry Washington in 2007. I sold this business in 2009, because I was getting so big I needed to hire more people- and I was exhausted, and I wasn't getting to do much designing and NO art.
In 2011 I started a digital graphics business, followed shortly by another shop, One Sassy Sister, where I sold personalized beach towels, flip flops, baby bibs, luggage tags and other personalized gifts. I had the privilege of doing some fun things for celebrities Kaley Cuoco and Good Morning America's Robin Roberts.
Besides all the creative stuff, one of the things that brings me the MOST pleasure these days, besides hanging out with my husband, my kids and being with my grandchildren. My granddaughter, Liza LOVES art, and it is so fun to share that with her and watch her paint and play.
So, if you have any questions, if you are interested in a commissioned piece or just want to say hi, feel free to email me anytime! firstname.lastname@example.org