Playing Wild

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About the collection, Beverly says, "In our lives, we are bent into a hurried maze of roles and responsibilities and expectation. Art has a way to disconnect from the artificial and connect with the real. Art gives permission to return to the imagination of childhood. "Play, imagination and creativity is just as important for adults as it is for children. Perhaps even more important. Children tend to play and create only for themselves, while adults create both for themselves and for the world in which they live. Play in open spaces with open minds with creativity this is what can make the world a better place." Beverly grew up in rural Union, Nebraska, often playing wild across the open landscape that inspires her work today. Through large-scale abstract painting, Beverly interprets nature, connects with ideas, and explores emotion. Her painting process is physical, using hardware-store brushes, broken sticks, rags, and hands to move paint, to add layers, to pull back layers, to drip, scrape, wipe and pull the paint across the surface. Beverly paints at her home studio in Omaha, Nebraska. Her art hangs in collections across the U.S. and Canada.

A native Nebraskan, Beverly grew up exploring the beauty of the rural landscape, which continues to inspire her work today. Through large-scale abstract painting, Beverly interprets nature, connects with ideas, and explores emotion. Her painting process is physical, using hardware-store brushes, broken stick, rags and hands to move paint, to add layers, to pull back layers, to drip, scrape, wipe and pull the paint across the surface. Her art is found in private and corporate collections across the United States, including an installation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She has shown at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, the Kansas City Artist Coalition, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and will be the feature artist at the Nebraska Governor's Residence in March 2017. Beverly also leads TeamPaint, an arts-based leadership development program that uses art as the tool to teach skills that build successful business and community teams. She has worked with Fortune 500 companies as well as nonprofits across the U.S.

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