BETH O'DONNELL

Artist Profile

photography

Moving beyond literal representation, I use the camera to interpret the world — a place, a feeling, or an experience. I hope the resulting images challenge the viewer to look again at what passes in front of them, transcending the surface to reach the essence. That’s what excites me. It keeps me in the moment, one moment at a time. From beach scenes and mountain vistas, to urban scenes that reflect back to me, I offer these calming, reassuring photographs as simple hope in our ever-changing world.

mixed media

As a photographer with a love of painting, I found a natural progression by blending my two interests to create mixed media works. The process starts with mounting photographs on birch panel. Next, I cover the images with layers of encaustic wax and paint using pigmented oil sticks and inks. The Shot From the Highline series is something that I wanted to create as I live next to the Highline path and find it an amazing work of art. I found a balance between the landscapes and the cityscapes to create these storyboards as I did with the Watertower Series, which was shot in New York City in 1999. Both the Highline and SoHo’s iconic water towers are historically important and architecturally beautiful features of the New York skyline. My focus is currently on my African series One Tribe. The rich texture of the encaustic wax allows me to capture the beauty of the land where man was born.

Beth O’Donnell has studied photography at the Evanston Art Center in Evanston, Illinois, The International Center for Photography in New York City, the Center for Photography at Woodstock and at the R&F paint workshop. Her photojournalistic work in Africa, for which she spent two months in 2000 working in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, was published in The London Daily Telegraph and Marie Claire magazines. She has also been published in The Financial Times and has appeared twice as a guest on Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network, for “Angels in the Slums” and “AIDS and Orphans”. O’Donnell exhibited work at the United Nations in conjunction with the Istanbul +5 Conference and her photographs have been auctioned at several major philanthropic events around the United States. She is currently represented by Distant Origin in New York, Holly Hunt, both in Miami and New York, NiBa Home in Miami, Henry Beguelin in Aspen, Chicago, Los Angeles, Malibu, San Francisco, and Renee Fotouhi Fine Art in New York. She is currently exhibiting at Distant Origin, New York, Niba Home, Miami and Jarlathdan, Amagansett, New York.

In 2006, O’Donnell’s book Angels in Africa was published by the Vendome Press. Seven years in the making, this important book introduces us to seven visionary women hailing from seven different countries, who each have taken powerful action to rectify the devastating societal conditions in Africa. It is heartbreaking, yet colorful and uplifting. Angels in Africa has been named by the Guardian (UK) as one of the top ten photography books of the year. President Bill Clinton also featured Angels in Africa in his recent book, Giving, published in 2007.

From 1997 - 1998, O’Donnell Founded dans la Cuisine Cooking School, Cooking for Conservation
In 1995, she co-founded Miraval - Life in Balance Resort and Spa - Tucson, AZ in 1984, she co-founded Sierra Tucson Addictions Facility

From 1985- 1992, she was the owner of the Beth O’Donnell Gallery with locations in Tucson, Arizona and Aspen, Colorado.

From 1975-1980, she achieved her greatest accomplishment: three sons - Billy, Ryan and Christian.
O’Donnell’s past and present Board Affiliations include:

•  The Noah’s Arc Foundation Misericordia Home
•  Boys Hope Girls Hope
•  Tucson Museum of Art
•  African Rainforest Conservancy

EXHIBITIONS

2014

East Hampton Meets East Africa, East Hampton, NY, August 8-10, 2014

 

Group Exhibition, Birnam Wood Gallery, NYC, February 27, 2014

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, January 2014

2013

Open Studio, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, November 23 2013

 

Live art performance, Mecox Garden, Southampton, NY, August 2013

2012

Holly Hunt NYC, mixed media encaustic paintings, “Shot from the Highline” September 2012

 

Urban Zen, mixed media paintings and photography “One Tribe” August 2012

 

African Rainforest Conservancy auction, NYC

2010

FEAR, group show, Ashwagh Hall, East Hampton, NY

 

African Rainforest Conservancy auction, Urban Zen, NYC

 

Water and Light show, group exhibition, Clodagh, NYC

2009

Angels in Africa photographic exhibition and book signing, Heiberg Cummings Design HCD, Oslo, Norway

 

Journey of Three Souls, Urban Zen, NYC

 

African Rainforest Conservancy 18th Annual Photography Auction, NYC

2008

MEAK an evening for Kenya, group exhibition, Candela/Decker gallery, NYC

 

Angels in Africa book signing and exhibition, Jarlathdan, Amagansett, NY

 

“One Tribe”, one woman show, mixed media paintings, Candela/Decker Gallery, New York

 

Angels in Africa book signing and mixed media painting exhibit, “One Tribe”, Urban Zen, Sag Harbor

 

Mixed Images: celebrating 5 years of collaboration, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, NY

 

East Hampton Meets East Africa, East Hampton, NY, August 8-10, 2014

 

Group Exhibition, Birnam Wood Gallery, NYC, February 27, 2014

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, January 2014

 

Open Studio, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, November 23 2013

 

Angels in Africa photographic exhibition and book signing, Heiberg Cummings Design HCD, Oslo, Norway

 

Journey of Three Souls, Urban Zen, NYC

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, Annual Benefit Auction, Urban Zen, NYC

 

The Thorn Tree Benefit, Clodagh Design, NYC

 

The 70th Annual Guild Hall Member’s Exhibition, East Hampton, NYC

 

Water Tower Mixed Media Exhibition, Distant Origin, NY

 

Angels in Africa Exhibition and Book Signing, Napapijri Geographic, Miami

EXHIBITIONS

2007

Angels in Africa Exhibition and Book Signing, Napapijri Geographic, NYC

 

Sylvester & Company Home, One-Woman-Show, Amagansett, NY

 

The 69th Annual Guild Hall Member’s Exhibition, East Hampton, NY

 

Kids for Tomorrow, Benefit Auction, NYC

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, Annual Benefit Auction, NYC

 

Cooper Hook Studio Launch Group Exhibit, NYC

 

The Thorn Tree Benefit, Clodagh Design, NYC

 

Urban Zen Initiative Well-Being Forum Exhibition, Donna Karan, NYC

2006

 

Angels in Africa, Book Launch/Exhibition, Holly Hunt, NYC

 

UNFPA, For the Health & Dignity of Women Everywhere, traveling exhibition

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, Annual Benefit Auction, NYC

 

ABC Home: Vanity Fair Green Issue Launch, NYC

 

Hamptons Cottage & Gardens, Idea House, Southampton, NY

 

The Hampton Classic Horse Show, Bridgehampton, NY

 

Small Works, Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY

 

Stephan Weiss Studio, HOPE Benefit Auction, in honor of His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, NYC

2005

Miraval Resort and Spa, Tucson, Arizona

 

Salon II, The Loft at 81 Leonard, NYC

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, Annual Benefit Auction, NYC

 

Lisa Fontanarosa Collection @ The Chelsea Hotel, NYC

2004

Salon, The Loft at 81 Leonard, NYC

 

Riverkeepers: Reflected Light Exhibition, NYC

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, Annual Benefit Auction, NYC

2003

Art Basel, Bettcher Gallery and Bloom Architectural Interiors, Miami

 

Boltax Gallery, Shelter Island, NY, July

 

Bettcher Gallery, Miami, April 12 - June 1

 

Murano: Art Gallery Night, Bettcher Gallery, Miami

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, Annual Benefit Auction, NYC

2002

East Africa Trading Company, B&B International Gallery, NYC

 

The Laundry, Bridgehampton, NY

 

95 School Street Restaurant, Bridgehampton, NY

 

Group Show, Winston Wachter Mayer Fine Art, NYC

 

“2 Plus 2,” J. Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville, FL

 

Riverkeepers: Reflected Light Exhibition, NYC

 

Wet Paint, B&B International Gallery, NYC}

 

African Rainforest Conservancy, Annual Benefit Auction

2001

Urban Landscapes, Holly Hunt, New York

 

Two-person show in conjunction with “Miami Art Live,” Holly Hunt Miami

 

“New Work,” Roaring Fork Ranch, Aspen

 

“America the Beautiful,” Edward Carter Gallery, NYC

 

“Angels of the Slums,” in conjunction with Istanbul +5 Conference - United Nations