Bethany (Craney) Gouldin’s first research article, published in 2005 in The Eagle Feather, presented the results of her research in the use of iridescent paints in art. Including images of her experiments in the studio with iridescent paints, her article is easily the most beautiful article ever to appear in TEF! One of her most successful experiments from this period, Le Poisson Bleu, hangs in the Honors College reception area, a daily reminder of an extraordinary young woman.
After finishing her bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 2006, Beth followed her heart and enrolled in UNT’s master of fine arts program in watercolor. Her explorations in art led her to construction and decoration of artistic kites under the direction of her faculty mentor, Millie Giles. Memories of a childhood family friend from Japan and her mother’s passion for Asian art and artifacts inspired Beth’s interest in kites. Her research into kite-making and decorating took her to Japan in the summers of 2009 and 2010 to visit museums, kite flying exhibitions and kite-makers. Her MFA exhibition consisted of nine kites, some in traditional Japanese style and others her own, original style. The pièce de resistance was a large Edo kite measuring 18 feet tall and 12 feet wide!
Upon completing her MFA in 2010, she continued to teach with the watercolor program under Millie Giles. In late 2011, after another trip to Japan, Beth moved to San Francisco with her husband, David. She continues to work on her studio practice and has shown several solo exhibitions in San Francisco. In 2013, she exhibited a collection of her kites, decorated with images of birds found in different neighborhoods and parks around the city, at San Francisco’s Thoreau Center of Sustainability. In 2014, Beth also wrote an article about her kite projects for the online journal, Discourse, published by Drachen, a nonprofit organization devoted to disseminating knowledge about kites. In addition to her artistic projects, Beth participates in kite festivals in the U.S. and abroad, and she recently taught a course in kite-making at the Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.
She and her husband, David Gouldin, make their home in San Francisco and are expecting their first child in September, 2014.