Realism is too simple a word to describe the paintings of Beth Edwards. Certainly her paintings strive for realistic depiction of a thing or a landscape. The shape is true; you immediately recognize the thing as doll, tree, butterfly, house, chair, car, etc. But each item has been elevated to OBJECT through Edwards’ use of hyper-color and intensified lighting.
In a solid career of teaching, exhibiting and painting, Edwards has -- sometimes gingerly and sometimes overtly -- made observations about feminism, gender roles, politics, bullying, materialization and loneliness and many other issues. Her icons of persuasion are often mid-century dolls and toys or decorative objects.