Elizabeth (Beth) Derby is a longtime resident of Eliot, Maine.  After retirement from a career in Information Technology, she rekindled her love of art working first in fiber arts and then in painting.   Beth is primarily self-taught, but has taken multiple workshops in watercolor, acrylics and encaustic.  She took two art focused European trips with Kittery painter & teacher Gail Sauter to further her education and experience.  She has been influenced in her art by Andrew & Jamie Wyeth, Winslow Homer and Edward Betts.  She works primarily in watermedia and mixed media – acrylics, watercolor and collage.  Her work is in private collections both nationally and internationally.  In addition to her work in visual arts, Beth is also a poet and writer.

Artist Statement:

“In painting, my focus is on building a dialogue between surface and depth, illusion and reality.  I am primarily a studio painter, taking my inspiration from time spent out in nature or from bringing nature into the studio from my garden.  I rarely use photographic material, but rely on the memory of what I have felt and seen and paint from that inner source.”

Education: Bachelor of Science, University of Maine; Bachelor of Science Franklin Pierce University

Selected Shows:

Upcoming juried show, The Art of Great Bay 2017, April 7-9/2017

Upcoming juried show, 31st Omer T. Lassonde Open Juried Exhibition, Live Free or Die: Art is Expression, April 2017

Moments of Quiet, Body of Work Exhibition, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, March 2017

Visons, 7 person show, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, May 2016

Omer T. Lassonde Exhibition, Juried Show, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, April 2016

Dunfey Show, Juried Show, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, November 2015

Omer T, Lassonde Exhibition, Juried Show, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, May 2015

Space for the Soul, 3 person show, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, April 2015

NHAA open juried show, Sheafe Warehouse, summer 2014, 2015, 2016

Oqunquit Art Association, Open Regional Juried Show, summer 2014

Convivium Arts, Group Show, June 2010

Multiple shows at Kittery Art Association, New Hampshire Art Association


Juried Member of New Hampshire Art Association

Kittery Art Association 

Member of Painters and Poets, Cross-disciplinary Creative Group