Beth Andrews is the Ashe County Public Library’s “artist of the month”. She is a native North Carolinian with roots in the Northwestern part of the Blue Ridge Mountains that date back to the 1700s. As a child, serious health problems resulted in long stays in the hospital, and it was during that period that she was given an oil painting set. The process of creating art became a window to a world of light, color and possibilities. It also led to a lifelong interest and involvement in the Arts for Health movement.
She pursued her studies at UNC-Greensboro where she obtained a fine arts degree in painting and printmaking with a secondary interest in pottery. Professionally, Andrews has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator for over 30 years. In 2004 she returned to the mountains and refocused her attention on painting and exhibiting. She works with acrylics, watercolors, and soft pastels as well as mixed media.