Beth Secor (born 1956, Houston, TX) is a writer, educator, and artist working primarily in gouache on paper. Her subjects are the trees and animals that populate her life, and their significance ranges from family pets to the trees in her neighborhood to the birds that roost there. Secor’s working process is intuitive and obsessive; finished works are often composed of multiple strips of paper added as needed to adjust her compositions, and her swirling, knotted brushwork echoes the dense weave of a tapestry. The resulting images are meditative studies and personal, empathetic documents of time passing.
Beth Secor earned a BFA (1980) and an MFA (1989) from the University of Houston. Secor has exhibited widely across the nation. Solo exhibitions include shows in Houston at Inman Gallery (2013, 2009, and 2006); Lawndale Art Center (2013); and Project Row Houses (2006). Recent group exhibitions include 1600 Smith, Houston, TX (2016); galleryHOMELAND, Houston, TX (2015); and Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX (2014). She has also exhibited internationally in London (2009), Mexico (2006), and Russia (1994).
She lives and works in Houston where she is a lecturer at the University of Houston Downtown (UHD).