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Beth McCoy
La Veta, CO
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Practicing batik in this traditional method, I love the challenge of bringing all of the facets together, the drawing and planning, the waxing, the dying and the over-dying. Each is an art in itself. Most of my batiks are done on pure linen. The melted wax is applied with a brush, a tjanting tool (a heated bowl with a spout from which the wax flows), or occasionally a tjap (stamp). The color is the result of as many as 14 dye baths. I continue to experiment with the manipulation of the wax and dyes and am finding batik a source of never-ending challenges and pleasure. Due to the many variables, like the random cracking of the hardened wax and the color values of the dyes there is always an element of surprise as the image begins to emerge with each successive dye bath. My subjects are varied and an exploration of my experiences and I strive to recreate a clear mood to the viewer.  
 
I grew up in Maryland and on visits to family in Southern Colorado I became infatuated with the wild beauty of the state and in 1988 made Colorado my home. Since drawing was always a hobby of mine, I took up oil painting during my first long, mountain winter. The peacefulness and spectacular beauty of my new home inspired me as never before. I operated a giftshop which specialized in handpainted clothing and goods from 1990-1993. During the next two years I continued to paint and show locally. Branching off from my work with fabric and paint, I began to experiment with batik in 1995. Falling in love with the process and the results, I have worked intensively on my batik "paintings" since that time.