Bevin Strider Holmberg (Photo by: Freeport USA)

Bevin Strider Holmberg (Photo by: Freeport USA)

Bevin is an artist living and working in Falmouth, Maine.  She obtained a B.F.A. in Studio Art from James Madison University, with a concentration in photography, focusing specifically in alternative processes.  She also holds a Master of Education in Art from the University of Minnesota, and finished the program with summer study at Säterglänten Institute for Slöjd (traditional handicrafts) in Insjön and Stockholm, Sweden.  While in Minnesota, she lived and participated in the Tilsner Artist Cooperative in St. Paul, worked as a sign painter, and taught drawing lessons to elementary-age students.  

"I moved to the beautiful state of Maine (2010), and as an artist, was inspired by its rustic charm.   I started painting on old boards from barns that had fallen under disrepair and lost their use. I love painting on the wood because each piece is unique and adds a layer of texture and history.  Some of the barns here in Maine can be 100-200 yrs old.  Their old knots and saw marks present character, and they give me a challenge to paint on.  I keep my paintings relatively simple and take into account the interesting features that the wood already has.

Throughout the year, I sell my paintings of whales, owls and other creatures at art fairs and local shops.  What I've heard from people is that they appreciate the character of the wood and the personality of the animals I paint.  Without the use stencils or pencils, it's just paint straight to wood, so sometimes I'm even surprised by the outcome!