By Morgan Michael
Limbs and leaves of the trees rustled as the crisp Texas April breeze blew about the 265-acre NRS Ranch. The sun peeked through the trees while Beth Carrington Brown set up her easel and situated her paint board in a nice shaded spot near the arena. She begins to paint what she sees. That little spot under the trees will be her studio for a few hours.
“I love being outside and I love ranch lifestyle, so that makes NRS the perfect spot for me,” said Beth.
Although NRS is a long ways from Beth’s home, North Carolina is where Beth resides with her husband, children, horses and dogs. She and her crew visit NRS about 3 to 4 times a year when her son participates in clinics that take place at the event center. They discovered NRS via connections through the western horse world. After visiting once, Beth and her family found a connection with the people at NRS.
“NRS makes you feel like you’re family,” Beth said.
Being connected to her work is important to Beth. As a person who loves the outdoors, she has always been fond of western lifestyle. She and her family feel a special connection to Texas, even though they currently live in North Carolina. Her collection of work includes portrayals of western landscapes, livestock and scenes from the ranching lifestyle.
“There is such strength, beauty and authenticity to the ranching lifestyle,” Beth said. “I see leadership, teamwork, family and history.”
Beth enjoys painting En Plein Air, which means painting outside. Being outdoors with cool people, horses and cattle and painting what she sees is an experience Beth says she will never grow tired of.
“I love to find what speaks to me and capture that essence,” Beth said. “I love to share what I see.”
This time, Beth painted a landscape of the NRS event center on an unconventional canvas. This isn’t the first and surely won’t be the last piece of art Beth creates at NRS, as each trip presents a new opportunity to create something beautiful.
To see some of Beth’s artwork, be sure to check out her Facebook page.