Visionary Narrative Surreal Art? by Bea Garth

I have been busy creating art the last year and a half, that is when I haven’t been renovating our old house, working as a property manager, or moving here finally to Vancouver, WA.

Its only recently that I realized that the type of art I make is best described as  Visionary Narrative Surreal Art. This courtesy of search engines, but honestly its true. My former designation of “Ancient/Modern Art” didn’t quite fit–in part perhaps because no one else uses it–and also because in all honesty, my narrative theme of how we love, relate and nurture each other (or its absence or somewhere in between) plus the distortion of the human body is a constant in my work.

Here are a couple of paintings I particularly like. This first one  I call “Empathy” by Bea Garth. It was chosen by Marianne Szlyk for her new book of poems  called I DREAM OF EMPATHY published in the Fall of 2015 (

Marianne is editor of the poetry and jazz e-zine “The Song Is” (

Empathy by Bea Garth acrylic 2014

“Empathy” acrylic painting by Bea Garth, copyright 2014


Here’s another I did for a show called “Plastic Paralysis” at Studio Bongiorno in Santa Clara, CA. Its called “The Turtle’s Complaint To Gaia” by Bea Garth, copyright 2015. I hope to do more like it, since ecology is a big interest of mine. I like combining what is unconscious with what is real, and feel like I was fairly successful with this piece in that regard. (Note: To see more of my artwork, please go to

"The Turtle's Complaint To Gaia" mixed media on canvas, by Bea Garth, copyright 2015

“The Turtle’s Complaint To Gaia” mixed media on canvas, by Bea Garth, copyright 2015


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