|Phoebe Beasley gives substance to the phrase creative
artist if indeed the phrase isn't redundant.
As a painter, her eye is sharp and quick. She sees human beings,
our foibles, frailties and strengths, and she cares about what she
sees. I have watched her over the past twenty years use gouache,
watercolor, tissue paper and oil to tell the human story of friends
sitting at tables sharing jokes, of workers waiting at bus stops
and musicians expressing soulful melodies. She has shown us how
we look when we have been assailed by grief. Her eye has captured
and her art has revealed the grace in angular teenagers and the
composure of sleeping old women.
Phoebe Beasley's eye has never failed her; has never lied to her,
and her art generously gives us beauty, information and always the