Beverly Myers

I am foremost a colorist. I love color and the relationship of one color to another. I am a very loose painter. People say they love my “style.” I call it “Tremor Style,” as I can’t paint tight and exacting because of essential tremor in my hands. I like to experiment and to try new things. I try to stop the painting before it’s finished and allow the viewer to ‘finish’ it—that’s the Beverly Myers style.

My creative ideas come from nature. Sometimes I start with a color, expressing myself, feeling my way, and not really knowing how it will end. As I move along, often changing direction, I let my body and my arms express the story. I try not to think too much or I will get too intellectual. My love of art history and music influences me. A good painting has the same elements as a good musical score: fast and slow rhythm; soft edges and hard staccato ones. I love the Dada and Surrealist movements of the early 20th century. Their many scars and their depression at World War I led them to imagine and to dream exciting new images. Jean Arp said he dreamed with his eyes open. Modern times are similar. The world is spinning crazily, and art, music, literature and poetry are changing constantly. We feel, express, dream and write of a better world.

My artistic goal is to be the best painter I can be, and to be known for being true to myself. I see the world in color; I dream in color and with my eyes open.

—Beverly Myers

Wheaton College, Class of 1952

Myers divides her time between Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and South Florida. She is celebrating her 70th reunion this year, and we are thrilled to exhibit a selection of her paintings in honor of that achievement. 

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