I make thoughtful work that explores color, light, texture and pattern in the landscape around me. My work investigates the interdependence between the giver, wearer and beholder and their connection to the botanical world.
Color is king in deVitry’s work. Her sunny studio overlooks her recently planted suburban yard. Native trees and shrubs dot the hill next to the small stream, inviting nature home. Beth is inspired by the seasons and patterns created in nature. The techniques she enjoys in her studio are meditative, allowing hours to slip by. Beth is currently working on a series highlighting native plants and their positive impact on our environment.
Typically starting with a sketch, each design begins with a color palette in mind. Beth continues to explore various techniques in enamel. Her current study is transparent enamel overlaying hand engraved fine silver. Layers of enamel fill cells created with wire. This technique is known as cloisonné. Playing with textured patinated copper and coloring it with paint and pencil for a looser more painterly approach is another technique deVitry uses. Each piece, whether enamel or mixed media, is then set in a hand fabricated setting. deVitry uses recycled metal and ethically sourced gems in her work.
Beth deVitry studied sculpture and painting at Maryland Institute College of Art. After graduating with a BFA, she studied with a German trained goldsmith. After 25 years as a custom jewelry designer/creator, her early roots as a painter and sculptor can still be seen. She has studied all over the US taking workshops with various artists. Beth now works in her studio creating her own designs.