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St. Petersburg artist Nathan Beard employs a variety of processes to achieve complex, multi-layered paintings, drawings, and collages inspired by the human conception and experience of Space-Time. He draws influence from the density and variety of Floridian flora, as well as chaos theory and fractal geometry.
Drawn to the visual, ecological, and political labyrinth of the Floridian waterscape, Beard’s inspiration for his Pond’s Edge series comes from both unspoiled wildernesses like Brooker Creek Preserve, and from brief moments of beauty in urban retention ponds and modified natural spaces like Sawgrass Lake Park. He references photos taken on walks with his family and the series helps to hone the drawing and observational skills he needs for his entire body of work.
Pond’s Edge began on the shores of Crescent Lake when Beard was in transition to fatherhood. As its name suggests, Pond’s Edge is a quiet search for a passive balance with natural forces and formally focused upon the interaction of surface and depth, plant-life and cast shadows, color, and light. The intent of his search is “to find the universe in a puddle” as mediation upon the connection between all things.
Beard creates in St. Petersburg, FL, and serves as Assistant Curator at Dunedin Fine Art Center. He has exhibited extensively since 2013, including Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, Tampa Museum of Art, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum (Japan), Gallery 221, Olivet Nazarene University, Morean Arts Center, Dunedin City Hall Gallery, JADA Art Fair (Miami), and Brooker Creek Preserve. Beard’s work is in a number of private and corporate collections, including Pueblo Hospital, Great Bay Distributors, B2 Communications, MHK, Penny Hoarder, Osprey Properties, Sabal Trust, and Tampa Bay Title. In January 2020, several of Beard’s large paintings were selected to serve in the Arts in Embassies program at the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador.