I find inspiration for my art in individual elements of nature and often use the actual element as a tool in the process of my art. The element is broken down, only to be re-built in the art. In the process, I hope to bring attention to the details of nature that are so often missed while challenging the eye as to what is representational and what is contrived.
I admit that the final aesthetic outcome of the piece is important to me, but I strive to obtain a depth of surface that challenges the viewer beyond the initial observation. It is at this point that I hope to communicate that my process is as important as the composition. I challenge my paper ‘canvases’ as I layer them with various mediums, including encaustic, creating a richer aesthetic than what is initially realized.
Through my art, I seek to communicate my own love, appreciation, and respect of nature. I also strive to achieve a technique to render these works that is unique.
A native of Richmond, Virginia, Tenley Beazley spent much of her childhood in the mountains of Colorado, where she developed a deep appreciation of the wildflowers that paint the mountains in the summers. Tenley studied Art History at Denison University and Richmond College (London, England campus), while taking as many fine art classes and workshops as she could both in and out of school. After graduating from Northwestern University with a Master’s in Broadcast Journalism, Tenley continued her explorations of art materials and techniques while working in the fields of art/design and then advertising/communications.
Drawing on her years of art training, Tenley started combining various materials and techniques, layering and physically working with actual elements of nature as part of the process. She found a distinctive style that allowed her to creatively interpret nature.