Beth Billups & Deborah Eyde

Beth Billups is a studio artist from Detroit, Michigan. Her encaustic and cold wax and oil paintings explore abstraction and express narratives that are at once personal and universal. Her use of familiar imagery, mark making and repetitive patterns balanced by lush color, depth and texture invite the viewer into each piece. Her work is a reflection of her surroundings and a meditation on our connection to the natural world and to each other. She builds layers of meaning by combining ephemera, oil paint and beeswax, rendering modern images in an ancient medium.

Deb Eyde’s paintings are a reflection of who she is and how she experiences the world. Multilayered controlled chaos, with a variety of marks and colors intuitively placed mimic life’s difficult, messy and beautiful moments. Each mark or paint stroke informs the placement of the next, evolving without certainty of outcome. Faith, trust and struggle are all a part of her process. The history of the struggle is evident in the sheer, scraped and sanded layers which invite the viewer to explore the richly layered surface and find their own meaning.

Billups and Eyde are based in Ann Arbor, MI and are members of Ann Arbor Women Artists.