Page 144 - The Hunt - Spring 2019
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                 PAINTING THE WORLD
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While it’s still here
MBy Carla Westerman Photographs by Jim Graham
Many visitors are drawn to this area by the beauty and historic character of its landscape. But for those of us living here, it’s easy to rush through the seasons unaware—until the artist reveals what was there all along.
Plein air oil painter Jacalyn Beam spends countless hours standing in the fields, on the hillsides and by the streams of the Brandywine Valley capturing a moment in time. “You feel the atmosphere, the weather, the temperature,” says Beam, a Chester County native. “People say to me: ‘I feel it.’ The reason they do is because I felt its unique qualities. I can’t do that in a studio.”
While most people spent the past winter avoiding the cold, this high-energy artist packs her paints and easel as soon as the snow starts falling. “When the leaves fall, the landscape reveals itself. You can see farther and better. It’s one of my favorite times of year to paint,” says Beam, who sometimes goes home empty-handed, having sold a painting right off the easel.
Beam has had a whirlwind year, with several solo shows locally, plus juried shows in Florida, Virginia and Ohio. The highlight was being voted into the Washington Society of Landscape Painters, a prestigious group whose membership is limited to just 40 East Coast painters. Entry requirements are rigorous, and there is always a long list of applicants.
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