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Coastal Ecosystems: Painting by Vicki Beamish

A painting of still water in a sloughSlough

Vicki Beamish, our featured artist of the day, is a painter who is fascinated by coastal ecosystems. Her photorealistic style of working goes well with the documentary sensibilities that drive the artworks.


Born in British Columbia, Vicki takes photos whenever she is travelling or outdoors on the west coast, later using the photos as reference for her paintings. The way she paints is smooth and even, with great attention to detail. Tree branches, stones and leaves come alive under Vicki’s paintbrush.

The gallery of paintings on Vicki Beamish's websiteVicki's online gallery

A painting of gnarled white branches sticking out of the water at the edge of a lakeScuitto Lake

I really enjoy the way Vicki treats bodies of water in her work – whether it’s an ocean, a lake, or a river, the shadowing is always beautiful, and the texture like glass, or rougher to indicate more movement. Looking at some of these paintings, I can almost hear the wind rushing through the grass or birds chirping in the distance. 


A painting of several monolithic rocks on an Oregon beachOregon Coast Giants

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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