We had the good fortune of connecting with Beverly Carlson-Bradshaw and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Beverly, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I have always loved art and drawn from an early age. It was difficult working full time over the years and not having the space to devote much time to painting. I would take night classes sporadically throughout the years. When I started my Interior Design business in Seattle where I lived for 35 years I did take one-on-one classes with a pastel artist/teacher for about a year until my business flourished and made that impossible. After moving to AZ in 2018 with my husband who retired, and deciding I really wanted to follow my true passion in pastel painting, I started full time in 2019.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I started painting with oils when I was in high school, dabbled in acrylic and watercolors but turned to pastels in my 20’s. I liked the feeling of drawing and painting combined and the immediacy of pastels, since I’m not a patient person. I enjoy painting all forms of subjects, but especially animals and landscapes. Since I am new to painting full time, I am still learning a lot about the business side of the art world. I’ve entered some competitions and have been in last year’s Fall Show for Arizona Pastel Artists Assoc. and waiting on this year’s and I have shown at Sonoran Art’s League’s two galleries. I’ve been a finalist in Camelback Galleries monthly competitions and Featured Artist for a year. I’m trying to build relationships by both in person and on-line with local shows, social media and my website.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well since moving here 2 1/2 yrs ago, we have had frequent guests visiting until Covid. For just day trips I like to take friends to Old Scottsdale to the galleries and a little shopping. Eat lunch at Arcadia Farms Cafe or if later in the day, a drink at The Beverly. I have taken them to Taliesin West for the tour, The MIM for those who love music and The Rare Earth Gallery in Cave Creek. Dinner at Lon’s in Scottsdale at the end of the day or closer to home in Carefree, Keeler’s Steakhouse or Indigo Crow. Hiking at Brown’s Ranch for some exercise. For longer trips the two small towns I’ve been to and enjoy showing are of course Sedona and Tubac!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Since starting to paint full time in 2019, I have joined Arizona Pastel Artists Assoc., Pastel Society of the West Coast and Sonoran Arts League. I have to say all the wonderful artists are inspirational and helpful and enjoy a group of artists with whom we Zoom meeting once a week. I have been taking as many workshops as I can from Nancy King Mertz, Chistine Debrosky, Jude Tolar, Liz Kenyon and Tony Allain. I’m looking forward to Albert Handell’s plein air workshop in Sedona next month and Lorenzo Chavez’s next Spring! I learn from every single person. I also enjoying reading the Pastel Journal and other art publications. I try to soak in as much as I possibly can!
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