Beth Ostapiuk first attended La Romita in 2009, and was invited to return in 2011 to lead her own workshop. Beth loved every minute of her experience there, and now returns to once again to provide a choice experience to other fellow artists.
“Live creatively everyday” is her motto. Beth fell in love with watercolor and she practices what she preaches by trying to paint each and every day. She feels that the versatility of watercolor allows her to capture the colors and textures of her favorite subjects.
She claims that becoming an artist has made her see the world in a different way and has become her keystone to a successful and blissful life.
In this workshop, Beth will share her step-by-step approach to creating successful watercolor compositions inspired from the places around Umbria, from rural villages to grandiose cathedrals.
She will teach you how to anchor your work with a lovely subject, and then enhance your creation by incorporating a variety of textural techniques, including her signature method of applying layers of textured collage’ paper to give depth, interest, and life to your paintings.
Her collage method works very well with architectural elements and is sure to elevate any composition to another level of beauty and emotive success.
All levels of experience are welcome on this path of discovery and creativity.
“Art is a lifelong journey. You never know where your path will lead”
As a native Minnesotan, Beth was surrounded by numerous lakes, flora and fauna. It was there that she acquired a profound love for nature and the world around her. Long winters gave her time to develop her creative side. She became a potter and then an accomplished Ukrainian Egg Artist.
In 1986, she and her family moved to the Central Coast of California to enjoy the inspirational views and mild Mediterranean climate. She continued to pursue her creative path and obtained her Degree in Art from Allan Hancock College, in 2000. She went on to teach art to children for 17 years in the public schools of the Santa Ynez Valley.
In 2007, she became President and Education Director of Town Center Art Gallery in Santa Maria, California. She was an active member of the Los Padres Artist Guild. In 2017, she returned to Allan Hancock College, where she currently is a very successful Art Instructor. She is also an active member of the Lompoc Valley Art Association, Central Coast Watercolor Society and Morro Bay Art Association
You can see her work at the Cypress Gallery, Central Coast Art Gallery, Los Alamos Art Gallery and various local wineries on the Central Coast of California.
As La Romita School caters to multiple levels of instruction and various forms of the arts, prices will vary by session, season, instructor, and offerings.