After years as an elementary school teacher and following a brief sojourn into commercial retail design, Beverley Binfet graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1993 from Okanagan University College.
Beverley's work creates for the viewer provocative two-dimensional representations of three-dimensional subject matter that is both pleasing and puzzling to the eye.
Beverley says that "the understated beauty of the still life; the evocative simplicity of a peaceful landscape; the thrilling purity of objects and nature in their basic form are the elements from which I draw inspiration for my art. I am continually motivated by my surroundings and, while I try to find unique approaches to design, my primary focus is on the pure simplicity of the basic shapes as they contribute to the composition. I purposely restrict my work to a limited palette and, while I layer the colours and scratch the surface, both literally and metaphorically, my art evolves its own reality."
Beverly lives in Penticton where she is constantly motivated and challenged by the material she finds around her in the surrounding environment.
My life experiences inspire my art. I frequently paint in response to my surroundings or the landscape. Recently, I have begun to incorporate images of figures into my paintings and to me they symbolize people in various life situations. I purposely edit as much detail as possible in order to capture just the essence of the situation in each painting. In this manner, the viewer is invited to interpret the painting according to his or her own unique experience.
It is often in the very simple, commonplace events of daily life that I find a quiet joy and an added richness.These moments bring me great pleasure that hopefully will be passed on through my art.
As I create a painting, certain feelings and thoughts present themselves and help me formulate the title for the work. Viewers may then consider the title as a suggestion or a guidepost that merely points them in a general direction. In this way they are freer when interpreting the work in their own personal way.