Instructor: Bethanne Kinsella Cople
Bethanne Kinsella Cople received a classical Fine Art education at The George Washington University, with an emphasis on drawing
and composition. It was here, while copying various works from the National Gallery, that she discovered her love for the
impressionist style. Bethanne’s plein air landscape paintings are known for their lush painterly quality. Loosely painted yet realistic,
they invite the viewer to experience each painting anew with every observation. This quality gives her
paintings a timeless appeal. Using expressive brushwork, a finely honed sense of color, and a strong
composition, she creates a powerful image with both depth and beauty.
With a well-defined style, Bethanne paints a diverse range of subjects. She fills her paintings with compelling
skies and calming landscapes. Her paintings capture scenes of brilliant snow, rich farmlands, majestic
mountains, and the varied shores of the East and West coasts. Landscapes are her passion and she travels far
and wide for subjects. “I love painting the landscape en plein air. In the outdoors you can incorporate not only what you see, but the
sounds and the smells of the landscape. All of this lets me convey the sense of wonder that I feel at the subject.” Bethanne has
painted in blizzards in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, on steep cliffs in Monhegan Island, Maine, in strong gales along the rugged
northern California coast, along the pristine shoreline of the Eastern most end of Long Island, New York and the beautiful Potomac
River in Virginia. “I love being in the outdoors painting. It rejuvenates me in a way painting in the studio can’t.”
From the time Bethanne began painting professionally and entering competitions, she has been earning recognition for her work.
She received Honorable Mention, American Impressionist Society National Show; "Award of Excellence" at the Rocky Mountain
Plein Air Painters annual exhibit, Jackson Hole, Wyoming; the “Dick Bell Bookmaven” Award of Excellence, American Impressionist
Society, Annual National Exhibit, Tennessee; “People’s Choice Award”, at the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, New York, New
York exhibition; and “Best Pastoral”, at the Plein Air-Easton 2005 and 2008 Invitational Paintouts, Easton, Maryland. She also
received “Honorable Mention” at the Eleventh and Fifteenth Annual Invitational Paintouts, Carmel, California; and “Best Traditional
Painting,” 107th and 113thAnnual Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Open Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York City. She was also
honored to have her painting "White Barn, Cool River" on the set of the USA TV series, "Necessary Roughness", and named “an artist
to watch” by Southwest Art Magazine Landscape edition. She is also a featured artist in the book, “One Hundred Plein Air Painters of
the Mid-Atlantic” by Gary Pendelton. In 2005, “Morning Light” and “Eastern Shore” were chosen by Art in Embassies Program, U.S.
Department of State for exhibition in U.S. Embassy, Praia, Cape Verde, under Ambassador Roger Pierce. Bethanne has also been in
several museum shows including the Booth Western Art Museum, the Tucson Art Museum and Sonoran Desert Art Museum.
Bethanne is a member of American Women Artists, Master Signature Member; American Impressionist Society, Signature Member;
Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Signature Member; Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters and Oil Painters of America. Bethanne has
served two terms as President of American Women Artists and continued as an AWA Board Member for many years. Bethanne is
currently on the board for Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters.
Bethanne has also succeeded commercially with her wide range of plein air paintings. Her landscapes appear in both public and
private collections in Europe and the United States. “I am passionate about painting, admittedly to the point of obsession on
occasion.” Her family supports and embraces her passion.
Bethanne lives in Historic Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia and East Hampton, LI, New York, with her husband and studio dog, Winnie.
Bethanne also travels to France often, where she paints and conducts workshops.
Bethanne is represented by Principle Gallery in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia; Huff Harrington Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Anne
Neilson Fine Art Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina; Gallerie Amsterdam in Carmel, California; The William Ris Gallery, Jamesport,
New York and Stellers Gallery, Jacksonville, Florida.
Plein Air And Studio Landscape Painting (intermediate)
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