Welcome to my art studio that is conveniently located in South Tampa. I offer art lessons to adults that have never picked up a pencil to professional looking to hone some skills as well as children Pre-k through 12th grade. Whether it is weekly classes, field trips, adult out-of-town workshops or visiting artists from other countries....one thing is for sure....there is always a lot going on.
I truly believe that creativity does not follow a clock and that every artist works at their own pace. In this crazy world, it is nice to know there is a place where there are no deadlines whether you are an adult or child.
Every person is an artist in his or her own way. If given the time and the opportunity, it can be developed. Without a doubt you will learn and have fun.
I was born and raised in Coral Gables, Florida where I have spent the better part of my life doing what I love the most: painting, teaching, and raising two children with my husband Bob. Both my father, grandmother and may cousins were landscape and floral painters using oils.
I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Florida State University in 1984. While at FSU, I had the opportunity to study figure drawing, commercial art, drafting, mixed media, pottery, photography, watercolor, sculpture and print making. I have over 20 years of teaching experience in both paid and volunteer positions at Mitchell Elementary, JCC, YMCA and Berkeley Preparatory School assisting in the Meet the Masters Program.
I have been published for some of my sculpture work as well as paintings. I have been active in several public works projects in Tampa with the Outdoor Arts Foundation. I have participated in both group and one man shows where I displayed photography, watercolors, and printmaking. In the past, I have had work in galleries in Florida and North Carolina. I continue to maintain a studio at my home in New Suburb Beautiful where I create collages, drawings and paintings upon commission and for purchase. Read more..
"I came hoping for a start in how to paint with acrylics and I now have a new group of close friends. This is more like a second home with paint." - Susan Lanson
"I have only been taking lessons since May of last year, but I have learned so much and painting is the one thing that I do that allows me to totally escape."- Beth Garcia
"I had never touched a brush in my life before meeting Beth. I've always lived around artists and appreciated art but never imagined myself painting. After 3 years of classes with her, I am taken away by what's happened to me as I look at art in a completely different way. I've learned to appreciate all kinds of artistic expressions in a more humble and broader form, wondering what artists think or feel. She's the perfect coach: encouraging me to find the essence of what I'm looking for with no judgments and lots of love. Thanks Beth, one more time, and always" --Andrea Johanpeter