“Prayer for the Wild Things“
Bev Doolittle: A native of California, Bev Doolittle graduated from the Art Centre College of design in Los Angeles in 1968. She had met her husband, Jay at school, and they started married life with a painting trip to Boyce Canyon and Zion national parks–a portent of things to come. For the next five years, however, the Doolittle’s were engaged in advertising art and TV productions in Los Angeles.
“It paid well, but after a while I wasn’t learning.” Bev Doolittle explains, “and we didn’t like living in the city. We wanted to be close to nature, and we wanted to travel.” They have now accomplished both. Their frequent travels and backpacking trips have covered the western United States, Canada, Baja California, and East Africa. They now live close to nature in California.
Bev Doolittle’s subject matter is provided by the out-of-doors. “I love nature,” she says “I try to look beyond the obvious and create unique, meaningful paintings depicting our Western wilderness and its inhabitants. I start with the concept and attempt to convey it through strong design coupled with detailed realism. I want people to think when they look at my paintings.”
When I sit at home in my art studio I always have my CD player on. The music is more than a background; it is an inspiration. Paul Winter’s music paints pictures of nature for me.
Music and paintings are two forms of art, and all art is essentially a method by which we communicate on an emotional level. “Prayer for the Wild Things” is our attempt to surround you with an emotional, visual and musical message concerning our place in the natural world and our connection to all wild things.
Real art comes from the heart. In the print “Prayer for the Wild Things.” I’ve tried to express my feelings about our relationship with the wild animals we share this earth with. Paul is doing the same thing in his own way, by reaching out with his music to touch our feelings. Paul and I have tried to express, in harmony, our love for all the wilderness and its creatures.
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