My paintings are a way in which I discover myself. They are unplanned and have no antecedent meaning. When I started painting I didn't know where to begin. I turned to intellect, concept and literature using Dante's Inferno as a source of inspiration. To quote Dante, "Midway on our life's journey, I found myself. In dark woods, the right road lost." These paintings lacked a specific "signature" and tended toward illustration. Perhaps they were more about Dante than about me. For me painting is a process of alternating spontaneous production with periods of reflection and contemplation about what I'm seeing as I look at the evolving painting, and the original gesture, free of thought, is the essential source of a work of art. The painting becomes the depiction of an active dialogue between my unconscious and my artistic judgment.
I've always liked drawing and at this point my focus is on the line and the way in which it can embody a certain kind of truthfulness. "True" lines have a certain kind of angularity, and they vary in thickness and direction. The line is generated spontaneously through gesture and "scribble", and represents an unconscious production. Through reproduction, enlargement, and modification, a more complete artistic product is created. Thus, my paintings are about structure and spontaneity. They represent a series of paths, both comprising and symbolizing the course of self-discovery both for me, and hopefully for the viewer as well. We venture, we roam, we meander, and eventually we find ourselves.
Beverly Feinstein, M.D., Ph.D., was born in New York City where she completed college as well as medical school. She moved out to California for a residency in psychiatry at UCLA and continues to maintain a part-time practice in psychiatry and psychoanalysis with an emphasis on enhancing creativity. Throughout the years she has taken sporadic art classes, and she began to take classes more regularly in 1998. She has taken classes at both UCLA and Otis Extension where she studied with Lisa Adams, Peter Alexander and Laddie John Dill, as well as numerous classes at Santa Monica College. Most recently she studied with Tom Wudl. She has participated in a number of curated exhibits and a number of her works are in private collections.
Oil on Canvas 42"H x 41"W
Ladies in Motion
Oil on canvas 55H" x 42"W
Paolo and Francesca
Oil on canvas 59"H x 66"W