acrylic, Beverly Dyer, botanical illustrator, Inspiration of art, mixed media, psychoneuroimmunology, watercolor
“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
It has long been established that art inspires our words. For many it may even be necessary to motivate the muse. Today I would like to share with you a wonderful artist from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. It is my pleasure to introduce to you, Beverly Dyer. She has agreed to share her work for your own poetic inspiration.
BIO: Beverly Dyer studied art and healing while obtaining her master’s degree in nursing. She’s written articles on creativity and wellness published in assorted books and papers. Author of “Cats and Dogs of Chapel Hill”, and illustrator of “Thoughts of a Golden Fox”, Beverly’s work reflects her love for the natural world. As a Certified Botanical Illustrator she developed the “Art Prescription Coloring Deck”, and a line of note cards that sell in gifts shops and on Etsy. She writes a blog “The Art Prescription : A daily dose of art and haiku” and when not in her studio, she can be found hiking and sketching in the woods or riding her horse, Finn.
Welcome Beverly to our virtual poetic pub!
Beverly was happy to answer the following questions about her life as an artist.
Can you tell us more about how your journey as an artist began?
After years of working in nursing I returned to school to get my master’s degree. It was there that I began to study psychoneuroimmunology, the mind/body connection, and dove into how creativity can affect wellness. I’d always dabbled a bit with art but honestly didn’t even know what kind of paint I was using. My interest peeked after taking some classes at a local art center, and I discovered the magic of watercolor.
As poets and artists we share the need for inspiration in order to create. What are some of the sources that have influenced your work?
The natural world is my biggest source of inspiration. I love spending time walking on trails and in the woods stopping to sketch subjects along the way. This summer I’ve spent hours with my horse at the farm practicing drawing horses, and just completed a large 36×36 painting from my sketches. It’s a different style and I’m looking forward to starting my next big piece.
Do you have a more personal connection to a specific piece or project?
I’ve been writing and posting on my blog The Art Prescription for over five years. My mission was and still is to share my joy of creating art and to hopefully encourage others to find their creative voice.
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as an artist so far?
I feel proud to see my art in retail stores and online. As a small business owner my consistent sales are my line of note cards produced from my original work. The work that serves my soul and combines my nursing with art is a collaboration with UNC hospitals.
What is it that you hope others can learn or experience form your work?
Everyone is an artist, and there is a growing body of evidence to support the healing benefits of art. Art aids in stress reduction and can be beneficial in preventing illness or in managing symptoms such as anxiety, loss and depression. Through my blog and teaching, I hope to inspire others to take the time to nurture their creativity. I feel a strong connection to the natural world and believe the act of observation grounds me in life.
Thank you, Beverly for sharing your background and knowledge with all of us and for spreading the importance and power of creativity. Whether we are artists, architects, photographers, musicians or writers, we are blessed with the passion to dream and create.
Dverse poets, for this prompt, you are to choose an image of Beverly Dyer’s work which can be found on the various websites listed below. Write a poem of any style inspired by the chosen piece of artwork.
***Please give proper credit to her work***
Here’s how to join in:
- Write a poem inspired by the artwork of Beverly Dyer and post it to your blog or website.
- Provide a link to dVerse so others can find our virtual pub.
- Drop in to say hello!
- Read and comment on the other poems.
- Have fun!
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Thank you for the introduction to the artist and her work Mish. I wish I can devote time to painting and sketching. She is so talented.
Hi Grace, thanks for opening up the pub. Yes, she really is. I like the way she stretches her creativity to new subjects and projects. The healing aspect of art that she promotes is also so important in today’s world.
Hi Mish! Thank you for this introduction to Beverly and her work–and for hosting!
Hi Merril…glad you could join in. 🙂
Good evening poets! Thank you for hosting, Mish, and introducing us to Beverly and her work. As with most picture prompts, it was a difficult choice, but I found one that spoke to me with the sounds and scents of the Norfolk coast and the sea marshes. Because of the colours and date on the picture, I was put in mind of Easter and it found its way into my short poem.
That’s wonderful, Kim! Can’t wait to read.
Björn Rudberg (brudberg) said:
I always use pictures with my poetry so this was a lot of fun… as with many others this week my poem took a seasonal turn…
Your images add another layer that I always enjoy in your poetry, Bjorn.
Hi Mish and All. Wonderful to read about an artist who understands art as being healing and healthy. The art is beautiful! Time to go find a piece that speaks to me.
I see that you did, Lisa 🙂 Yes and to think of how it is never a priority in the school systems, taking away that part of brain development…it’s so sad.
Betsy DeVos has her Art Prize in Grand Rapids every year, why would students need art? 😦
haha…why yes, that art prize should suffice.
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Lovely paintings, Mish – and Beverly! – perfect as a prompt – they have a slightly enigmatic quality for me.
Oh I like that description very much. 🙂
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Thank you for hosting Mish. 🙂
My pleasure, Rob. This was an exciting prompt for me to share Beverly’s work.
Much of Beverly’s work is a bit kitschy for me Mish, but her more zen-like work, such as the three I chose (and a few others), are very inspiring — to the degree that I would own and display the three I selected. When she stays sparse she is quite good! Her zen-like work puts me in mind of the zen-like pieces of Vane Kosturanov,
whose piece “Fisherman” I love and own. I featured it in April with my tanka entitled “Ripples”. Thank you Mish, for introducing Beverly Dyer’s work.
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Oh I’m so pleased to be here sharing and look forward to reading your poems. Thanks you Mish! It’s so refreshing to be part of sharing creativity.
Hi Beverly! Thanks for stopping into the pub. Hope you enjoy the poems that grow from your beautiful work. I am reading them as we speak and it’s so exciting. I think I may have to write another one.
Thank you so much for collaborating. 🙂
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Thank you for sharing Beverly’s artwork. My muse was indeed motivated to write.
Very happy to share her work. I enjoyed your poem, Truedessa. 🙂
Roslyn Ross said:
As Autumn nudges the north, it is Spring which sings in the south. We enter a time of budding and bursting forth while in the northern hemisphere it is a slinking into dormancy.
It’s so nice to have many parts of the world represented here at dVerse. We are different in so many ways, including our seasons and climates. 🙂 I am very grateful for these milder days before the snow flies.
D. Avery @shiftnshake said:
What a cool prompt. Thank you for it. Love Beverly’s art work and the da’Vinci quote so fitting.
Glad you enjoyed the prompt. 🙂
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What a wonderful selection of art pieces to inspire.
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Well you all are a talented group!! I’ve treasured reading each and every poem. Some of my comments didn’t seem to post and I want to thank each of you. It’s very interesting to see how images inspire words. I hope to “see” some of you as we travel on into fall. Cheers, Bev BIG HUG to Mish!! Y’all know she is the cat’s meow of a poet!
Thank you for being our “muse”.
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thanks to Beverly for lending her art, and to Mish for making the connection (K)
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Phillip Knight Scott said:
Thanks, Beverly! I’m in Durham. Small world!
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