After being diagnosed with a genetic-based immune disorder related to the Bubble Boy Syndrome but less severe, Beth Sheridan realized that her gift in fine art photography is more than just art. For her, art is a form of healing. It is a meditative therapy that gives her hope and keeps her passionate in her endeavors in life despite her common variable immunodeficiency disorder (CVID), which requires her to take infusions of antibodies from plasma donations every few weeks.
Beth Sheridan is an engineer for the aerospace industry. She is part of the American team developing the Orion Space Capsule, and she is currently working to send the first woman and the next man to the moon and the planet Mars.
But when she is not working on space travel and engineering, she is a passionate fine art photographer. Her passion for photography began at a young age through her father’s 35mm lens camera. In 2005, she first opened her studio as Beth LeBlanc Photography, which was rebranded in 2019 to Grace Fine Art Photography. According to Beth, her studio name, Grace, is not without reason. She purposely chose this name because she finds grace in serenity, and her outlet in photography provides her that. “It is a gift and a message I want to share that art is healing and people can find their grace too during these tumultuous times,” expressed Beth.
Over the years, she has been mentored by some of the best photography experts such as Nevada Weir, Rene Johnson, Scott Kelby, Nicole Young, Michael Clark, and David Black through workshops and training courses. Her engineering background shines through her photography works. It is easy to conclude that her images are taken from an engineer’s eye. The focus on structures and the micro-details of the environment makes her work stand out from the rest.
Her pure talent and unique skills in photography have landed her several accolades. She is an award-winner of the 2nd Half 2020 WPE International Photography Competition Silver Badge for Landscape Photography. Beth’s latest series “Hand-Making of Western Boots,” which commemorates her cultural heritage, are featured in the Jones Gallery of Kansas City, Missouri, September Group Art Show, and the online Marin Society of Artists Celebration of Art – All Media 2020, which will launch on August 18, 2020.
Beth’s artworks are displayed in private collection galleries in the United States and Europe, specifically in Paris. While the pandemic has driven most galleries to close down, Beth has turned to social media to continue their art shows and displays. Purchases can be made directly through online platforms. Moreover, for each work sold, there will be allocated amounts to go to businesses owned by women entrepreneurs and disabled-veteran business owners.
The rising artist is well aware of the stress that the pandemic is bringing every home during these times. With this in mind, Beth hopes to help people understand that art is a form of therapy and healing. She knows this by heart because this helped her overcome her difficult days of hospitalizations on top of a heartbreaking divorce. Improving fine spaces at home with art is one of the best ways to promote mental healing while supporting small business owners.