Painting The Napa Valley with Beverly
- Snacks, Coffee, & Tea
- One Guest
- USD $1505
- Additional guest(s) (max 2)
- USD $570
- One Guest
- USD $660
- Additional guest(s)
- USD $220
Meet the Artist
As a student of Richard Diebenkorn in the early 1970s, Beverly was drawn to the qualities of the expressionists and colorists, and her work began an evolution into a vibrant style of her own. She traveled to vineyard regions of Tuscany and Umbria, painting the Mediterranean “colors.” It was this love of the wine country and the tranquility of rural life that brought her to the Napa Valley in 1983.
She starts her paintings with a loose composition, which gives her flexibility to add and subtract elements as she wishes. Starting with dark and muddy tones and moving toward light and brighter ones, Beverly builds colors until finally, after many sessions of layering, a painting emerges. She knows she is finished with a piece when she senses a vibrant, luminous quality which has brought her vision to life.
Beverly is known for her original approach to painting and will guide you as you explore your own techniques. She will help you "loosen up” by not following traditional step by step painting methods. To her, each painting is a journey without a known destination, full of surprises and happy accidents.
- Outdoor sketching or photography in various locations, weather permitting.
- Finding inspiration in Beverly’s creative studio space nestled in the Napa Valley foothills overlooking the vineyards.
- Learning to mix and blend your own personal color palette.
- Guidance on how to layer colors, starting with dark tones and building up to the lighter ones.
- Techniques for working in acrylics or oil paint.
- Studio time to discover new ways of painting, with encouragement to experiment.
- Your own original painting (or two) of the Napa Valley.
- All materials and tools needed to complete your piece.
Stay at Beverly's
Explore Napa, California
Kids over ten are welcome. Access to Beverly's studio requires walking up 4 steps.
This VAWAA is available for a longer duration. Please ask when you send your booking request.
Debra G., United States
Beverly was a great teacher. She had some basic skills lessons to begin and then we moved on to a pretty easy still life and then to a picture of our choosing. She demonstrated putting out and mixing paint, showed us step by step at first and as we gained confidence she just let us do our thing but was always there to help and guide us. She was very sweet and patient.
Radhika B., United States
Beverly was both patient and flexible with my Mom and me. We had different goals and Beverly was able to adapt to them, while still teaching us the core skills we needed.
Beverly was kind patient and a pleasure to spend time with not to mention a talented artist and generous host.
Robin S., United States
Beverly was welcoming, encouraging and patient. She taught me so much about color and value in a short amount of time. I loved every minute! You won’t find a nicer person to work with in a more beautiful Napa Valley setting. My eternal thanks for the experience!
Liana F., United States
My time with Beverly was absolutely amazing!! It was a dream come true as I have been admiring her artwork for years so when I heard she had joined VAWAA I immediately jumped on the opportunity to study with her. She encourages you to push beyond your boundaries in a supportive and non-judgemental manner. Beverly has such a gift for mixing colors and applying paint that is magical and so inspiring Read more
Debra C., United States
This experience superseded my expectations in every way! Beverly (and Carl) were incredibly hospitable, and I would have loved to stay longer….
Beverly is extremely talented and was very flexible/patient with my abilities (beginner) while also encouraging me to try creating beyond my confidence level. She is also a kind and thoughtful human being-we shared a couple of meals and her life has bee Read more
Barbara P., Switzerland
It was simply amazing for me to be able to watch Beverly at work. She has an instinctual and relaxing confidence of her brushstrokes and her choices of color which she shares and explains all through the course. It was mesmerizing. I enjoyed myself so much and tried to soak up everything I could. She creates the finest mix of color/jewels which are hidden in plein sight in all of her paintings. Mo Read more
Wow! This was truly inspiring! Beverly was a wonderful teacher who not only led me through the process of creating a wonderful work of art, but gave me the painting skills and confidence I needed to paint in the future—all in four days!
Beverly and I began the first day with some painting exercises that form the basis of her complex layering techniques, which I later found to be very valuable. Read more
Beverly is organized, open, kind, flexible, talented, welcoming and warm. I thoroughly enjoyed learning and painting-it was a unique, special time that I will treasure. And I have some new-found skills as well as an appreciation for light, color, and form.
Priyadarshini A., United States
It was a pleasure for us to be students of such a dynamic artist like you. We really enjoyed the whole experience starting from your gorgeous studio set up in the serene valleys of Napa, all the way to the art that we created and took home with us. It was such a memorable experience and we will keep this experience in our memory and hearts forever! We got so much motivation & encouragement from yo Read more
Michael H., United States
Our time with Beverly was relaxing and inspiring. Overlooking the Napa Valley, her home and studio are filled with light and scenic views, setting the stage for a truly picture-perfect painting space. Beverly's technique and understanding of color is vast and experienced. For the advanced painter, this VAWAA provides a perfect opportunity to try a new approach to painting and their personal color Read more
I knew I’d like Beverly as soon as she greeted me at the door to her wonderful home and studio: she exuded warmth and friendliness. And I was right. Beverly is an amazing artist and an intuitive teacher - understanding and anticipating the needs of her students. Like any great teacher, she shares her own processes/information but does not impose them on you - rather, she good-naturedly encourages Read more