2017 2nd Place Winner
Born in the hill country of Texas, Beth Erlund graduated with a B.A. in Zoology from Louisiana State University. After working in research at Tulane University, she spent two and a half years, in Japan, exploring many of the oriental art forms and fell in love with the art of batik. In this medium, she finds the challenges of design and color to be never-ending. Her love of nature has influenced her choice of subject matter, and she enjoys researching her subjects in their natural environments. Beth's art begins as an on-site sketch in ink and watercolor or a plein air oil painting. She also takes many photographs to aid her research. These become the basis for her final sketch on cotton or silk which will ultimately become the batik.