Beth M. Evans began doing batik in 1989 in Cuchara, Colorado. Having been a painter, she was soon using the batik medium to create representational paintings. Inspired by nature, travel, and intriguing color and form, wherever it is found, her subjects are varied. She finds the batik process an endless challenge and still delights in the image gradually appearing on the cloth with each successive waxing and dyeing. Currently she is working on a pointillist technique in her paintings, studying the color theory attached to the technique and adapting it for the batik medium.
Beth has exhibited in the US. and abroad, including the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center-Pueblo, CO., the Aspen Arts Center-CO., the Foothills Arts Center-Golden CO., Jezebel Gallery- Madrid NM., the Gallerie Smend- Koln, Germany, The Beacon- Hastings UK., The Business of Art Center- Colorado Springs,CO. She has taught batik to children at the Colorado Academy- Denver, CO., the La Veta, CO. Children’s Art Workshop and the La Veta School of the Arts as well as adult courses at The Bemis School of Arts, Colorado Springs, The Beacon Art Center, Hastings UK., Gallerie Smend- Germany, and with the Trinidad Arts Council and Spanish Peaks Arts Council- CO. Many students come to study privately at her La Veta studio.
Originally from Maryland and a long term Colorado resident, she lived and worked in Northern India for 3 years. With her husband, batik artist Jonathan S. Evans, she has done volunteer batik workshops with women living in poverty in order to give them skills to create an income. They helped found the Haitian Batik Project and worked with Peace Mexico and Desert Mothers in Mexico.
She and her husband now reside in La Veta, Colorado and operate the Shalawalla Gallery, which features their batik paintings and clothing and batik classes at their studio on the premises.