Bethany Kenyon is an artist currently located in Hamilton, Ontario. She works with combinations of figuration and abstraction to bring forward various emotions and a powerful sense of personhood in the portraits she creates. These portraits are worked out in the vivid, richness of oil painting, which is her medium of choice. They relate to themes of scars, beauty, brokenness, and healing. Bethany is entering her final year of studying fine arts at Redeemer University College where her art has been used in various publications to promote the fine arts program there. Bethany’s drawings and paintings have been shown in the public, co-operative and commercial galleries in Ontario. Bethany enjoys volunteering at Re-Create, a drop-in art studio in downtown Hamilton where street-involved youth can create art for free in a safe environment.
Bethany says: “My favourite person in the Bible is Jeremiah. He trusted God no matter what He asked him to do. He also was very open about grief, sorrow and loss and wrote a whole book of in the Bible about it – the book of Lamentations. I really appreciate the openness and honesty of Jeremiah in Lamentations.”