painting of a jay on a branch and a flicker on the side of a tree

Paint Studio Demo Artist Beatriz Gomez

Beatriz Gomez will be in the Paint Studio demonstrating Colorado forest oil painting noon–3 pm on February 1-2, 2020. The Paint Studio is included with general admission, which is free for members and youth 18 and under.

Beatriz Gomez studied art and graphic design in Venezuela and has worked as a graphic designer, art director, and costume designer for TV commercials in Venezuela and the United States.

She also has worked on stage design for shows, TV commercials, music videos, showcases in stores, and dressing room design for international concerts.

Beatriz has an art workshop for private lessons and she creates puppets, paintings, sculptures, and has been commissioned to do work internationally.

head shot of Beatriz Gomez smiling at camera
Images courtesy and © of Beatriz Gomez. 

I love to walk through the woods at any season of the year and draw details, shapes of seeds, leaves, and branches, and enter that world of infinite sensations and how they relate with insects and any surrounding life.

– Beatriz Gomez

Lindsey Bell: What can visitors expect your demo at the DAM to look like?

Beatriz Gomez: At the moment I am making a collection about nature, specifically Los Bosques de Colorado. I love to walk through the woods at any season of the year and draw details, shapes of seeds, leaves, and branches, and enter that world of infinite sensations and how they relate with insects and any surrounding life. The sounds are formidable! I translate them in organic and ornamental forms and they move in the air to the rhythm of the wind or simply with freedom that contrasts with the drawing, the light, the line, and they produce an infinite dance.

LB: I noticed that you reference a variety of motifs and subject matter in your paintings. Can you explain some of these choices?

BG: My process begins with some idea, then I write it and try it to see if it works, make many sketches as annotations and in the end something very different may come out than in the beginning.

In the variety of the motifs that I use it will always depend on the project that I have at the moment. On this particular project, the theme is the Colorado forests and my interpretation of the contrast between the drawing, the color, and how the sounds, the wind, the weather, are intertwined with the drawing and the diversity of forms of each composition.

LB: What is your process for beginning a new work? What kinds of things are you thinking about before you paint?

BG: When I already have the idea of my new project, I choose what type of surface I am going to use and what type of materials I intend to use. Always to start, I place all the materials I am going to use on a work table and [think about] what type of surface works with the materials I chose. For this project, I chose the theme of Los Bosque de Colorado and the sensations like sounds of wind and rain and the look of some wild animal that I am translating in organic shapes and drawing colors.

LB: Is there anything in particular you want people to see or feel when viewing your work?

BG: I would like to place forest sounds by Google. I can take my equipment, the sound is important because it helps you introduce the public to that environment of branch, forest, nature, and detail. I also designed an exercise for children with colored pencils in the Studio using cardboard and stamps of different leaves and insects.

LB: What are you currently working on? Is there an opportunity for visitors to see more of your work?

BG: I am currently part of a show at CLAVO Art Space in Los Angeles, California, where I am presenting five large (2m x 2m) oil paintings on canvas. I will have cards with the exhibition information at my demo. The works will be available for sale for one year at CLAVO.

painting of a stag in snow-covered pines and aspens
Images courtesy and © of Beatriz Gomez. 

Lindsey Bell is a studio and artist programs intern in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum.

Read more on: Colorado artists studio