After two years at IVC, Beth transferred to San Diego State where she majored in graphic communication and received her bachelor’s degree. Beth became very interested in intaglio printmaking. She would spend long hours in the SDSU printmaking studio, experimenting with various methods of etching designs into zinc plates. In addition to traditional drypoint (direct marking with a sharp stylus) she mastered such techniques as aquatint, soft ground, sugar lift, and embossing. Her instructor during this time was Prof. Berg.
It took Beth a couple of years after graduation to get work in the graphic arts profession, quite typical as it is a difficult field to break into. During that time, she worked as a bookkeeper for the San Diego camera exchange.
Beth’s first job in graphic design was for the Norman Tolle advertising agency. In addition to preparing the layouts of ads and brochures, she also modeled for some of their projects including the shipbuilding company brochure shown here.
After a year with Tolle, she had the opportunity to take a much higher paying job with Hughes aircraft in their graphics department in the Miramar area. There she produced graphics for slides being used to instruct pilots learning to fly the F-14. This was often classified work and she had a secret clearance.
While she was at Hughes, she became pregnant with our daughter Jennifer and coincidently was laid off when Hughes downsized. From that day forward she stayed home, raising our children and continuing to develop as an artist.
She resumed her studies in intaglio printmaking, first back at San Diego State with Paul Lindgren and later with Justine Wolfson. Her work was well recognized in San Diego and she won awards at the San Diego County Fair and the San Diego Print Club. Many of her editions sold out.
Beth began a tradition of creating an intaglio etching for our Christmas card each year. This was a long process that she would start around Thanksgiving and complete in time to send out before Christmas. Eventually she was producing nearly 100 of these pieces of fine art each year. You can see a gallery of those cards on this page.
Eventually Beth became concerned about the possible health effects of being exposed to the strong chemicals involved in the printmaking process (concentrated nitric acid, paint remover and paint thinner, asphalt from, etc.). So she decided to take up watercolor painting.
Beth joined the San Diego Watercolor Society and began volunteering by staffing their gallery which at the time was on Kettner Avenue in downtown San Diego. Eventually she became director of staffing for the organization.
Her watercolor paintings were as well received as had been her intaglio prints and before long she was once again receiving awards and selling her art. Two of her paintings were accepted into the prestigious International Exhibition of the San Diego Watercolor Society. If she could have lived to have one more painting accepted she would have become a signature member. Now that she is gone, we are fortunate to have so many tangible reminders of her life’s work in art.