I’m carrying over the western theme from last Tuesday’s post on Maria D’Angelo, to today’s post on Bev Doolittle! I’ve always loved to look and see if I could see all the faces or horses in her drawings and paintings! Hope you enjoy them too:)
Born In: 1947
Bev Doolittle is one of America’s most collected artists. Her camouflage art is loved by art collectors around the world. Through sheer force of talent and dedication, has achieved a status in the art world few contemporary artists even dream of. Crowded with intricate visual detail, haunted by presences seen and unseen, her paintings captivate the viewer on many levels.
Bev Doolittle was born and raised in California. As a teenager she won a weekend scholarship to attend the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She met her husband, Jay, at art school and they started married life with a painting trip to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks in Utah. For the next five years the Doolittles were art directors for an advertising agency in Los Angeles. “It paid well, but we didn’t like living in the city. We wanted to be close to nature,” says Bev.
Doolittle’s distinctive talent began to fully blossom during a year-long journey she and Jay embarked upon in 1973. Traveling throughout the west in a camper, Bev had the luxury of time to develop her unique style. Her signature painting, “Pintos”, proved to be a dramatic departure point for Bev when her evolving style and technique merged with her love of nature to create what would become virtually a new genre.
She is often called a “camouflage artist” because her distinctive use of context, design and pattern help viewers discover meanings which seem hidden only until they become obvious. “I use camouflage to slow down the storytelling in a painting. But my messages about our wilderness and native peoples are never hidden.” As proof of her dedication to these issues, a portion of the proceeds from sales of Doolittle prints is donated anonymously to environmental and other causes each year.
“Earth is beautiful and exciting and I feel blessed that I have been allowed to explore so much of it,” says this talented artist.
We’ll start out with Bev Doolittle’s intriguing camouflage horse art!
“I set myself the task of hiding pinto ponies in an environment of rocks and snow,” explains Doolittle. “Then I defined and refined each image to create a unique composite work where all the separate pieces come together to spell out the words ‘Hide And Seek'”.
Each one of the twenty-four individual images is a delightful exercise in Bev Doolittle’s art, blending the pony with its snowy environment brilliantly. But only when all twenty-four come together can you find the letters which are hiding among the rocks and horses.
Here are some photos of the pinto ponies up close!!
And here is few of her other horse paintings!
Hope you enjoyed this week’s western theme! Be sure to come back next week for different kind of equestrian art!
See you Tuesday,
Huh? What? Well, I will believe that when I see flying Shetlands !