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For me, painting landscape truthfully is as much about touch as vision, as much about intuition and memory as conscious thought and decision. It requires intuitive, gestural and organic mark-making, reproducing the actions of nature, adjusting and re-adjusting to every previous mark, responding to colour relationships and ideas that have gone before in order to build up a constructed experiential landscape. Thus moments are layered, melting one into the next, just as a landscape is seen from a distance, approached, and ultimately consumed.

These layered, transient, seen and felt moments, when transformed through the painting process, are intended to engender a prolonged engagement with the painting as a mediated experience of landscape. Mark-making is not depictive of landscape but
like landscape: if the paint is metaphor, the marks are simile. In the studio, rather than directly in front of the landscape, I can paint under the influence of the memoryís interpretation of the living landscape Ė the Ďsoul-yearningí which is a response to more than what is manifest only to the eye.

She is the architect of these landscapes. It is as if she fills up with the raw sensory, meteorological, and intangible details of the landscapes she visits, and later in the studio, refines, filters and purifies them. They are like plans, maps of a state of mind, or the correlative of a fleeting feeling. The results, though often highly abstracted, are powerfully emotional as well as intellectually controlled. They can ignite a yearning, awakening in us something which we recognize but cannot name. If they donít actually exist, then maybe they should.
From exhibition catalogue, Beth Fletcher: New works
Ffin y Parc gallery, 2012

2001 1st class BA Hons Fine Art with Art History, University of Wales Aberystwyth
2003 Distinction MA Fine Art, University of Wales Aberystwyth

Selected exhibitions:

Solo
2013 Beth Fletcher, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth
2013
Beth Fletcher, Martinís Gallery, Cheltemham
2012
Beacon, Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2012 Beth Fletcher: new works, Ffin y Parc gallery, Conwy
2012
Beth Fletcher: recent work, Weston Park country house, Shropshire
2011
A Struck Cloud Rings Sweet, Lion Street Gallery, Hay on Wye
2011 New Light, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Monmouth
2009
†Beth Fletcher, Gallery 3, Shrewsbury
2009
†Beth Fletcher,†Gallery at Bevere, Worcester
2008
†Beth Fletcher: new work, Plas Glyn y Weddw gallery, North Wales
2007†
Beth Fletcher, Queen Elizabeth hospital, Birmingham
2006†
Beth Fletcher: recent paintings, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow
2004†
Estuary, St Julianís Centre, Shrewsbury
2004†
Beth Fletcher: Hinterland, Gallery on Broadway, Cardiff
2003†
Beth Fletcher,†Gallery on Broadway, Cardiff
2002†
Beth Fletcher: Seascapes/Riverscapes,†Shelton Hospital, Shrewsbury

Two- and Three-man
2014 Beth Fletcher, Ann Bridges, Katie Allen, Ffin y Parc gallery, Conwy
2013 III, Ffin y Parc gallery, Conwy
2009†
All Women, Albany Gallery, Cardiff
2008†
Three Generations, Martinís Gallery, Cheltenham
2007†
Youthful, Exciting, Experienced, Martinís Gallery, Cheltenham
2007†
Beth Fletcher, Mike Monaghan and Sarah Richards, Albany Gallery, Cardiff
2006
A Personal Selection, Martinís Gallery, Cheltenham
2006
Scratching the Surface, Atticus Arts, Bath
2005†
Nick Holly and Beth Fletcher, Albany Gallery, Cardiff
2005†
Women Only, Albany Gallery, Cardiff


Group
Annual summer, Christmas and various other gallery artist exhibitions at Albany Gallery, Plas Glyn y Weddw, Denise Yapp Contemporary Art, Gallery at Bevere, Martinís Gallery, Ffin y Parc Gallery and Lion Street Gallery, plus the following:
2013 Affordable Art Fair, London
2012
Allotment no. 9, MAC Birmingham
2011
Open, Ffin y Parc Gallery, nr. Betws y Coed
2010
†Spring,†Martinís Gallery, Cheltenham
2009†
Cherish, Gallery SCA, Shrewsbury
2009†
Welsh Artists abroad, Plas Glyn y Weddw gallery, North Wales
2009†
Autumn collection, Gallery SCA, Shrewsbury
2008†
Festival, Silent Voices gallery, Hay on Wye
2008†
Imaging the Bible, University of Wales Aberystwyth
2008†
Drawings, Plas Glyn y Weddw gallery, North Wales
2008†
Summer, Salt gallery, Cornwall
2007†
Christmas show, Stronach gallery, Connemara, Ireland
2007†
Winter show, Josie Eastwood gallery, Winchester
2006†
Ship to Shore, Bell Fine Art, Winchester
2006†
Affordable Art Fair†(with the Albany gallery, Cardiff)
2005†
Shropshire Open Art Exhibition, Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury (awarded Under 25 prize)
2004†
Shropshire Open Art Exhibition, Gateway Arts Centre, Shrewsbury (awarded Under 25 prize)
2004†
MA final show, Aberystwyth
2004
†MA interim show, Aberystwyth†
2003
Emerging Young Artists 03, Birmingham