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Meet artist Bea Garding Schubert

By November 22, 2017June 11th, 2020Meeting the artist
Meet abstract artist Bea Garding-Schubert

Next stop in my quest to tell the artist’s story: Germany. Rain greets me as I get closer to Bea. After all the airplanes, travelling by train is a welcome break. Especially in Germany; being from the Netherlands originally, this is familiar territory and I enjoy the views as they pass me through the window. When I get off in Nienburg (Weser), a woman, her face half hiding in a warm, cozy coat, greats me. Enthusiastic waving, just about jumping: I see my first glimpse of the artist I am about to meet: an extraordinary, energetic woman: Bea Garding Schubert.

Meet Bea, a free spirit

One of the first things I learned about Bea is that she, with her then-partner, travelled around the world for 8 years. On foot (!), except when changing continents, she explored our planet. Europe, the Middle East. Morocco, Australia, India, and Asia, just to name a few. Her life’s possessions in her backpack. No cell phone or any other means of communication, nothing but the things she truly needed: some clothes, a tent, and cooking materials. Gathering food, water, making fire, living in and with nature. A young woman in her twenties, this period of her life defined her. It provided her with a sense of freedom, liberation, and boundless potential. But also faith, a deep knowing that she will always be provided for.

Bea, the artist

Bea is not one to wait for inspiration. An experimental starter, a white canvas is all she needs. With messages like Open Mind and Open Heart, it is necessary that Bea’s paintings start with free-flowing expression, without restrictions; creating endless possibilities. Channelling her intuition, constantly moving around the painting, Bea becomes one with it. This very important phase has to take its time because making a decision provides direction and a certain focus; it limits your freedom. “Even determining which side is up limits me”, Bea says, “that is already a fixed situation. Sometimes it is necessary to still be able to turn it upside-down. It is why I work on the ground for as long as the painting needs it; so I can walk around freely.”

Coming in, stepping back. Brush, spray, drip, cloth. Constantly changing from darker, to lighter and back again; layering, creating depth. When finally a message takes shape, it is time to slow down and start the next phase, one with more structure. “When I think a painting is done, I put it aside, facing the wall. After a while, days, weeks, I turn it around.” She might surprise herself, she says: “Did I make that?” Bea looks at me with a big smile. “Other times, I will have to go back to it. Overpaint. The ritual starts, again. Until I think it is done, again.”

Driven by a sense of purpose

Bea is driven by a deep sense of purpose: “Artists have an important mission. There is so much hardship in the world today. We, as artists, have the ability to inspire people; bring new and fresh ideas into society. I feel it as my obligation even, my task, to open people’s eyes, minds, and hearts. Inspire them to change, or simply see things in a more positive way. Provide them with a different aspect of the world around them.” Byways of her paintings, Bea inspires people to look for the good, the light, in any situation. “As we need a balance, it is adamant we recognize and acknowledge the dark, but we need to look for and focus on the good.

Art with a message

“No complaining, please. Act!” Channelling her intuitive information, transferring it onto the canvas; Bea’s paintings are the vehicle for her message: one of positivity, hope, change, light, and optimism. She explains to me that sometimes during the layering, a word might appear in her head. Like “hope”, or “love”. Then as she paints, she will repeat the word in her head, like a mantra: “Hope, hope, hope.” The meaning of the word becomes part of the painting. Energetically initially, yet in the phase of completion, Bea transfers the letters literally onto the canvas; solidifying the message.

Bea’s dreams

“I love it that I am able to live off my art but only want to do that with a fair approach. Meaning that people receiving my art, are the people who need it; not just the people who can afford it.” Bea is always looking for her dreams. She craves change and starting something new. She tells me she knows there will be a change in direction for her, allowing her to have even more time to paint. So she can reach even more people.

By the time her painting hangs on a wall, lifting someone’s spirits, making someone happy, then her job is done, mission accomplished. “When they are happy, so am I.”

Interested in having Bea’s art on your wall?

Interested in Bea’s work on your wall? You can browse her artwork in our Gallery. Or contact us if you would like to get a commissioned artwork from Bea.

You may also enjoy reading about our meetings with some of the other artists: Like Magdalena Morey, or Martín Revolo

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