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Beth Okurowski




A Midwesterner by birth, I grew up with a tremendous love of nature and the changing seasons. A shy kid growing up, I took refuge in art. Molding animal figurines with the slippery Michigan clay soil; building elaborate forts out of wood, snow, and found objects; and collecting frogs and insects were all near the top of my fun list. But making art is how I processed the world.

I knew that I was either going to be an artist or a scientist. Both careers would have allowed and even encouraged all the “why?” questions that propagated in my head. But it was Medical Illustration that combined the two loves so neatly.

From insects to organisms, frogs to femurs; illustration was my primary art language in the early years. But then I learned about the impressionists with their life-filled use of color, and I knew that I had to learn to paint!

Presently, I am a plein air and studio painter. I enjoy the looseness that painting permits and am continually amazed by the challenges presented by nature, and the transformation of pigment into air, space, and light.