Mary Beth Goforth

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Mary Beth paints in both oils and pastels. Her earliest artistic endeavors began in childhood with charcoal and newsprint. She sold her first painting when she was twelve years old. In 1981, Mary Beth, her husband and first born son moved to norther California where her second son was born. Having two inquisitive children required a medium that was fast to put away and little fingers could not get into. So the oils were put aside and she started painting in pastels. In California, Mary Beth joined the Delta Art League and started entering shows in which she won awards. In 1993, when Mary Beth and her family moved back to Albuquerque, she joined the Pastel Society of New Mexico and the Rio Grande Art Association. Mary Beth wants her paintings to reflect the thrill she gets in seeing the animals and the joy she finds in painting them. She also likes to convey a mood and imply a sense of movement and spirit of each animal she paints. Mary Beth is basically a self-taught artist. However, she gives much credit to a Junior High teacher and the few years she studied with Lou Maestas of Art Masters.

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