Seeking the good, the true and the beautiful.
My name is Bethany Cochran, and welcome to my studio! I am a binary-minded artist, which means that there is a constant push and pull between my analytical and creative propensities. I have found resolve to this dichotomy through my career choice and my artwork. I work in healthcare data analytics by day and put my artist smock on in my off-hours. I am known to nerd out equally over spreadsheets as I do mixing color palettes. A similar dichotomy exists in my artwork as well, where you will find equal parts discipline and free-spiritedness. Depending on the collector, I’ve discovered that a broad spectrum of people can identify themselves with my work, connecting to either the discipline (realistic forms) or the free-spiritedness (gestural brush strokes or minimalist abstract work). While I enjoy working in a variety of mediums (ranging from acrylic, oil pastel and alcohol ink), my focus is concentrated on portraits and figures.
I live in North Carolina with my husband who is my best friend and adventure partner. Until 2019, I solely worked on a commission basis. It has been a joy to share collections of original works with you this year, including my most recent Stanza II Collection. If you'd like to receive information on upcoming collections, sign up for my email list!
My portraiture and figurative work is rooted in my core values of family and community. Walks on the greenway with my husband, sharing meals with family, and having coffee with dear friends are a treasure to me.
I approach each painting as I do getting to know a new friend. During my painting process, I seek to develop an intimate understanding of the subject, and try to incorporate little stories that aren’t recognizable from every angle or distance. I try to create the same experience for my collectors. Details are slowly and intimately revealed. Sooner than later, she (the painting) has become your friend and secret keeper.
“Be detailed in the planning, then let loose in the process.”
Until the past few years, painting was a stressful process for me. Being self-taught, I let the fear of imperfection and lack of formal training paralyze me. Each detail had to be perfect in order for myself to be proud of my work. Over time I found a sweet rhythm when I decided to be detailed in the planning (e.g., underpainting/underdrawing), then letting loose in the process. Letting my intuition guide my color mixing and brushwork has become one of the most rewarding aspect of my process.
My work is greatly inspired by the famous Impressionists (Monet, Van Gogh, Manet). They were the masters of both precision and expression. In the opportunities I've had to see certain works of theirs in person, I lose sense of time, completely in awe and intensely studying each line, brush stroke, and subtleties of color.
My line drawings stem from my natural ability to see things simply. My paintings are rooted in my desire to strengthen my awareness of the beauty around me.