Meet The Artist!
Beth Freeman was born to South African parents in Australia in 1966. The family returned home to South Africa in 1970, where she has lived ever since.
Miniaturism emerged in all Beth's creative endeavours from the tender age of six, together with a fascination for all living things. Her talent and passion for "creating in little" came quite naturally, rather than being a conscious decision. Throughout her formal education, this was generally considered a flaw by her teachers and tutors, and concerted efforts were made to correct this tendency! The idea that art should be large to have any substance or validity was a constant theme. In the end, her stubbornness and inner drive kept her focused on what she knew she was best at. Her art evolved over many years to take on the unique form we know today. She is now a professional artist with an extensive following of collectors.
It wasn't until 1995 that Beth discovered, to her delight, that there is a formal field of miniature art, with a very enthusiastic world-wide revival of the art form in full swing! She joined the Miniature Art Society of South Africa right away, and later the Miniature Art Society of Florida, USA, as well as the Hilliard Society in the UK.
In Beth's own words: "I am a great believer in the significance of small things, and have been impressed by the power in miniature art to compel one to stop, cross the floor and take a closer look. Miniatures require an up close and personal relationship with the viewer. They cannot be appreciated casually in passing, or from a distance. In the same way, we need to stop and take a closer look to appreciate the birds and smaller creatures around us. I hope that we will continue to recognise their significance and look after what we have before it is too late."
In 1992, Beth married Stephen Kane, who is very supportive and involved in the business side of Beth's art. From looking after all aspects of Marketing and client database management to practical help with framing and setting up exhibitions, he has become indispensable. They both agree, however, that their crowning achievements together are their three wonderful children: Emma-May (born June 1997), Abigail (born June 2001), and David, (born April 2005)!
The family live in a log cabin in semi-rural Assagay near Durban in KwaZu\u-Natal, South Africa. Beth has her own studio at home, which looks out onto a lush green valley with an abundance of bird life.