Bethann Parker (b. 1984 Montgomeryville, Pa; lives and works in Saylorsburg, PA) received a BFA and Certificate of Fine Art from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and a Certificate from the Barnes Foundation. She was the recipient of The Kittredge Fund, The Fred and Naomi Hazel Art Scholarship, The Richard Von. Hess Travel Scholarship and twice awarded Venture Fund Grant for large project proposals. Her work has been featured in the New York Times and the Voice of America.
In the rural Mountains of North East Appalachia, Bethann Parker runs a homestead that is rooted in traditional living and tends a studio which, through interdisciplinary research and material experimentation, expands the ways that she depicts her country narratives. Inspired by tactility, Parker explores the interlacing of time and emotion in visionary painting. Working from direct observation, these haunting depictions convey complicated emotions through landscapes that are inhabited with raw figures and wandering animals. Using thick impasto oil paint to build up conscious and unconscious memories, Parker submits to intuition and curiosity while leaving a residue of the domestic and spiritual narratives that frame her life.