For Beth Sheridan, her art photography is the antithesis of her structured day job as an aerospace engineer. But while these two passions are complete opposites of each other, their differences make her feel whole.
Beth is a fine art photographer who has been in the art and photography business since 2005. She opened “Beth LeBlanc Photography,” which was successfully rebranded in 2019 as “Grace Fine Art Photography.” The dedicated photographer has been trained in many educational workshops under world-class photographers who are the best in the industry. These include Michael Clark, David Black, Nevada Weir, Nicole S. Young, Scott Kelby, and Rene Johnson.
But her journey in photography started when she was younger. The first camera she held was her father’s 35mm camera, which helped her learn to develop film along with darkroom techniques. Today, Beth is quickly rising in the art and photography landscape. Her work has been recognized and featured not only in different parts of the United States but also in Europe.
In the United States, her work has been juried into galleries in Houston, Galveston, and New York. She has been in the renowned art show in Houston, The Big Show. Her works have also been featured in the news periodical of Houston Chronicle, Artshow.com, TexasCoast.com, and TexasHillCountry.com. She is currently represented non-exclusively by Affair d’Art in Galveston. Her presence in the art industry has also reached Europe, where her artwork is featured in private collection galleries in Paris.
Recently, she landed a Silver Badge for landscape photography in the 2nd Half 2020 WPE International Photography Competition. Some pieces from her “Hand-Making Western Boots” series will be in MO September Group Art Show, Jones Gallery of Kansas City, and the Marin Society of Artists Celebration of Art – All Media 2020, which starts on August 18, 2020.
Much of Beth’s work reflects isolation and beauty, which she sees through her eyes as a rocket engineer. Her attention to detail and structure have helped her discover scenes and angles unique and very different from the standard “landscape.” On top of this, she utilizes processes in her images inspired by her engineering work and hardware development for space travel.
She is currently working on a new series in hopes of documenting the cultural heritage of her town. Being a lifetime member of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo while serving the School Art Committee to help the youth earn scholarships, she shows her support by documenting the “Hand-Making of Western Boots.”
Today, her artworks are still available to people from all over the world, even though her physical gallery is closed. Like other artists, she has turned to the virtual world for social media art shows and more. Her works may still be purchased online. Moreover, as a way to give back to the community, part of the proceeds of every purchase of Beth’s artwork will go to businesses owned by women and disabled veterans.
Over the years, Beth had to endure hospitalizations due to her immunodeficiency disorder and a divorce from her first husband. From these situations, she discovered that art and photography were her greatest refuge. She found her grace in the serenity that came with her fine art photography. At present, her mission is to help people realize the power of art in helping people overcome challenges in life.