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Bethel, Chantal E.Y.

Inspired by life - a thought, a feeling or an image, Chantal E.Y. Bethel draws on her emotions to create her paintings. Having had the fortitude to experience three very different cultures at length - that of Haiti where she was born, Belgium where she was schooled and The Bahamas her beloved home, Chantal's interest is focused on human expression. It is with great passion that she blends vibrant colors and movements, being challenged to capture not just a slice of life but the very soul that drives it.

Having earned a first degree in Business and pursued a previous career, soul searching led her to her path as an artist. Her new journey began in Belgium under the tutelage of watercolorist, Jeanne Dobie - author of ""Making Color Sing."" She went on to study the figure at the Fine Art Work Centre in Massachusetts, and visual arts at the Haliburton School of the Arts in Ontario, Canada. Chantal credits the freedom of expression in her paintings to renowned Bahamian artist Antonius Roberts.

The spiritual connotation found in her artwork resulted in one of her paintings - The Offering - being showcased on the cover of Power magazine (July 2002). Her work, which can be found in private and corporate collections at home and abroad is featured in anthologies such as ""The Caribbean Writer"" and ""Woman Speak.""

Among the numerous exhibitions Chantal has participated in nationally and internationally, six were held at the Central Bank Gallery, including ""Bahamas Wonderland,"" her first One Woman show.

Chantal E.Y. Bethel P.O. Box F-40827 Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas Tel: 1 242 373-3556 e-mail: [email protected]

Sizes and Medium of Paintings ""Angelique"" - 36"" x 48"" Medium - Oil and Gold Leaf on canvas ""Celebrate 4"" 30"" x 40"" - Oil on canvas ""Joy"" 30"" x 36"" - Oil on canvas ""Peace"" 24"" x 36"" - Oil on canvas ""The Offering"" 24"" x 30"" - Oil and Gold Leaf on canvas ""Birds of Paradise"" - 37"" x45"" - Oil on canvas

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