Beverley has a responsive and experiential approach to art which, together with her abstract expressionism, creates a collection of individually unique works. Her paintings are related as a whole, not only by their acrylic medium, but by a layered and highly developed sense of colour, form and line - the interwoven relationships of which have been mastered during her now forty years of brushwork.
Scott, A., 2012
A highlight in 2023 was an invitation to join John McDonald and Bruce Heiser as judges of the Salon des Refuses for the Brisbane Portrait Prize. We each independently nominated a painting for an award.
I have recently completed a seven week solo exhibition at Wild Canary Botanical Bistro/Gallery, 2317 Moggill Rd, Brookfield, Qld. Proprietors Kate and Matt Harvey and their delightful staff have been a pleasure to work with and I thank them sincerely.
On 17 November 2023 the Royal Queensland Art Society opened an exhibition titled Art of Imagination. My entry in this exhibition was Song of Memories, a painting insipred by the lyrics of the song Moonlight in Vermont. This image appears in the slide show on my website.
At the 133rd annual RQAS Members Exhibition (2023) I was awarded the prize for Best Artwork - All Sections. My painting Waters Edge is an abstraction inspired by the Paper Bark wetlands in Brisbane's bayside regions. The picture below shows me with the Lord Mayor Alderman Schrinner's wife Nina, who opened the exhibition, and members of the RQAS Board.
Her Excellency, Jeannette Young, Governor of Queensland and Professor Graeme Nimmo have selected one of my paintings "Embracing Strength" to hang in the Fernberg Room at Government House, Queensland. I was delighted to deliver this painting personally on 15 November 2022 and to talk with the Governor about my work.
This year I was asked to select and present the Fellows Award at the RQAS Brisbane Landmarks, Landscapes and Personalities Exhibition which commenced on 12 April 2023. This Award went to James Randall for his artwork Brisbane Poinciana Summer.
In August 2022 I was delighted to participate as one of three judges for the RQAS Gold Coast Branch Annual Members' Exhibition - a privilege!
The next picture shows the Governor talking with me about another painting Reflecting on Spring which was hung in the RQAS Fellows Exhibition in 2022.
Talking with Her Excellency, Governor of Queensland about my painting
Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible. (Paul Klee).
I run fortnightly acrylic painting classes in my home studio at Westlake, Brisbane on alternate Fridays. My charge is $35 for a session running from 9.30am to 1.00pm. I would welcome enquiries using the form on the Contact tab of this website.
In 2017, I received two "Highly Commended" awards and a "People's Choice" award in exhibitions at the Royal Queensland Art Society, and judge, Richard Blundell, made the following comments on one of these works titled "September": "Spontaneous and painterly approach to landscape with the sense of immediacy and urgent mark making... this work carries the power of the artist 'breaking open' the structure and significant forms of the landscape. I am moved by the raw mark making."
In 2013, I received the Christian Thomsen Award for Painting (Judge: Julie Ewington, QAGOMA) at the Rio Tinto and Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards, Gladstone Regional Gallery.
Bitter Sweet 75cm x 153cm Christian Thomsen Award 2013 (NFS)
The 2017 Autumn Edition of ART EDIT, p119, contained a Gallery Panel review of one of my paintings "Catching the Moon". Gallerists who have commented are: Ralph Hobbs, Director at Nanda/Hobbs Contemporary; Peter Aitken, Director at Wentworth Galleries; and Susan Gibson, Gallery Owner at Cambridge Studio Gallery.
Catching the Moon, Acrylic on canvas, 98x98cm (SOLD)
"Tainton's Catching the Moon, is a painting with many romantic connotations. It has a lightness that captures the landscape in moonlight with a dynamic yet haunting sense of midnight stillness. The layering of tone and colour coupled with a sensitivity of line is very effective. The little dots of orange and the boat-like form float in the foreground giving a strength of composition to the painting without adding weight that would affect the overall light feel of the painting. It is a great size to fill its own wall space or work in with similar sized pieces in a collection."
Ralph Hobbs, Director at Nanda\Hobbs Contemporary
Professor Mostyn Bramley-More, Professor of Fine Art at Griffith University, has recognised my work with a prize in the May 2016 Abstract Exhibition organised by the Royal Queensland Art Society.
Beverley with Professor Bramley-Moore - her painting in background
Coucal Trail 98cm x 98cm (SOLD) (Peoples Choice 2020)
The Coucal Trail is part of my daily exercise routine. Not only does it reveal beautiful river gum scenery but also a host of wild life - nesting King Parrots, Kookaburras and Frogmouths; regular sightings of kangaroos, wrens, deer etc. It's these experiences and the changing seasons and palette of colours that inspire beauty and joy in my art.