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My  Thoughts  On  Painting  &  Creating  Art ...

“ The way watercolor mixes and flows together never ceases to enchant me. I chose the word enchant purposefully as the process of making art is magical for me. That’s not to discount my over forty-five years of art practice and instruction, but more to emphasize the importance of being totally in the moment while creating. Technically I am interested in how I can place a stroke here, a wash of color there, and leave a flicker of white paper untouched (creating a bunch of  abstract patterns) which gradually coalesce to reveal detailed impressions of California.

Both everyday and majestic images inspire me. Like my namesake, the Magpie, my eye is attracted to beautiful things, more specifically to distinct fragments of color which sparkle like gems in the light. Living on the coast and in the mountains of beautiful California, I am always surrounded with plenty of inspiration.

It sounds corny, but for me, time and the rest of the world fade away when I create. My process becomes a meditation where the physical boundaries between me, my subject, and my materials disappear. I exist with little conscious thought, just enjoying the moment. As the light and the colors magically flow together and begin to reveal concrete images on my page, I  feel like I am a part of the magic of that particular space. My hope is that when looking at my art you can share a part of that magic.

Even though I am primarily a watercolorist, I work with many media currently including fused glass and jewelry design.  Please take a look at my online galleries, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any interest in a piece.


Hoping  you feel the magic.”

- M. Bevier


Honors  & Awards

“All That Matters Gallery” exhibiting member, Twain Harte, CA 2020 - present Two Honorable Mentions at the The 69th Annual Mother Lode Art Association Show 2024, Sonora Opera Hall, Sonora, CA 1st and 3rd Place Watercolor Painting at the “Annual Mother Lode Art Association Competitive”, Sonora, CA 2023 Winner of Logo Design Contest for Columbia City Hotel, Columbia, CA 2022 1st, 3rd, and Honorable Mention Watercolor Painting at the “Annual Mother Lode Art Association Competitive”​, Sonora, CA 2021 2nd Place Traditional Quilting at the “Sierra Quilt Guild of Tuolumne County Quilts and Threads Show”, Sonora, CA 2020 Carmel High School Mentor Teacher, Art Department Chair, and Teacher of the Month, Carmel USD, CA 1992 -2016 “Local Color Art Gallery” Exhibiting Artist, River Inn Complex, HWY 1, Big Sur, CA. 2002- 2015 Juried participant various years at the “Monterey Plein Air Festival”, Downtown Monterey, CA  with exhibition at the Portola Art Gallery in Monterey, CA​ 2002-2014 Pacific Grove Art Center Annual Show, 568 Lighthouse Ave, Pacific Grove, CA various years 1999-2008 ​1st Place “Edgar Kennedy Independent Documentary Film Award”, Statewide Competitive through Access Media Studios (AMP), Monterey, CA 2006​ “The Bevier Gallery” Exhibiting Artist Member, Carmel, CA. 1980-1996 “Mendocino Art Center” Exhibiting Artist Member, Mendocino, CA. 1986-1992 “Ukiah Community Center Artist of the Year”, CA 1990

Educational Background

BA in Art Degree with Honors from Humboldt State University, CA with K - Junior College Teaching Credentials in Art MA in Art Degree with Honors from San Jose State University, CA (Graduate project: doccumentry and instructional book on the history and painting styles of Carmel Artists with Public Access TV series about same which I produced, stared in, filmed, and edited) Proficiency acquired in painting, drawing, computer graphics, photography, video, ceramics, glass, sculpture, jewelry, textile arts, and a wide variety of fine art crafts Instructor for Grades K-12, Potter Valley USD, CA 1980-1991 Instructor of Drawing, Design, and Painting, Mendocino Jr. College Extension, Ukiah, CA 1987-1990 Instructor of Art, AP Art, and Crafts for Grades 9-12 , Department Chair, Mentor Teacher, and Teacher of the Month, Carmel USD, Carmel, CA 1991-2016 Instructor of Private Art Lessons for All Ages, 1986-2016

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