Livermore Art Association

From insects to organisms, frogs to femurs; illustration was my primary art language in the early years. But then I learned about the impressionists with their life-filled use of color, and I knew that I had to learn to paint!

Pacific Grove © Beth Okurowski

Plein Air, Oil 

On the Hill © Beth Okurowski

82 Degrees © Beth Okurowski

A Midwesterner by birth, I grew up with a tremendous love of nature and the changing seasons. A shy kid growing up, I took refuge in art. Molding animal figurines with the slippery Michigan clay soil; building elaborate forts out of wood, snow, and found objects; and collecting frogs and insects were all near the top of my fun list. But making art is how I processed the world.

Whalers © Beth Okurowski

I knew that I was either going to be an artist or a scientist. Both careers would have allowed and even encouraged all the “why?” questions that propagated in my head. But it was Medical Illustration that combined the two loves so neatly.

Presently, I am a plein air and studio painter. I enjoy the looseness that painting permits and am continually amazed by the challenges presented by nature, and the transformation of pigment into air, space, and light.

Beth Okurowski