Approach & Philosophy
Beth approaches commercial photography projects as a work of fine art, whether for professional portraits, architectural interiors and exteriors, or businesses and corporate events for use in marketing materials. The client communicates a vision and Beth seeks to "see" the vision and capture it so the results resonate with the client and with his or her intended market.
Beth is a fan of the "found" image. She practices the art of Contemplative Photography, the art of SEEING: letting go of the activity that obscures natural insight and awareness. What resonates in the "seeing" will resonate in the photograph. A great deal is written about the technical aspects of photography, but little is written about how to work with mind, eye, and heart to produce works of art and how to expand vision and appreciate the world around us. Henri Cartier-Bresson said it best: "Technique is important only insofar as you must master it in order to communicate what you see... people think far too much about technique and not enough about seeing."
Beth is a Thursday's Child who has Far to Go, meaning she loves to travel and see how others live. Because of this, there is a lot of the world in her art, especially her favorite places: Italy and Scotland.
Beth's Favorite Quote
"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime." Mark Twain
Beth Gibson Coyle received her BA in Photojournalism from Texas A&M University in 1982, with additional training at Sam Houston State University in advanced macro photography and color film processing. She also studied traditional painting and drawing.
Beth began working portrait photography in college. She began her career at the media production shops at Texas A&M University and at the UT Health Science Center. From 1988 to 1993, she taught high school classes in Photography and Journalism at San Antonio Christian Schools.
She has been exhibiting for years, through exhibits and shows - at her own home gallery at 118 North Plant, the Boerne Grill since 2004 and The Elkhorn for the past year, along with stints at The Eclectic Collection and River South Gallery. Shows include Fotoseptiembre, Parade of Artists, Hill Country Invitational, ChildSafe and St. Peter's. Beth regularly donates pieces for auction to benefit charitable efforts, such as Art From the Heart for the Children's Advocacy Center, the Kendall County Centurions, Rotary International, the Cibolo Nature Center and One Love Pet Orphanage.
- Travelling around this Great Country and finding images for Fine Art Photography
- Watching the Spurs win and Following the Aggies in the SEC
- My wonderful twin daughters, their husbands, and my grandchildren
- My hubby and his wonderful family, my "new" children and grandchildren
- Vegetable and Herb Gardening, and Wildlife Management on our 31-acre homestead
- My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and studying His Word