Since 2000 Beate Scheller lives in West Linn, Oregon, where she moved to from Germany.
In Germany Scheller got a degree in advertising and design and started to study Urban Development. At PSU in Portland Scheller finished her studies and got her BA in Drawing, Painting, and Printmaking, graduating with Honor 2004. Since then, Scheller worked with different printmaking techniques, mainly with Lithography stones. Her original prints are also from copper and zinc plate etchings, or drypoint on plexiglass.
In 2013 Scheller was able to be a participant at a residency in Bulgaria, where she printed plexiglass (acrylic) plates, using the drypoint technique to make her images. Lately, Beate Scheller worked on these types of plates again, to implement her images, ready to be “etched” faster.
As a teacher assistant, Scheller helped at PSU print studio over several years, introducing students to the Stone-Lithography technique and more.
Beate Scheller’s original hand-pulled prints are mostly small editions, and they were represented in online shows, group and solo shows over many years.
For many years Scheller is a member of Print Arts NW and Seattle Print Arts, and a current member at The Spiral Gallery in Estacada, and Red Trillium Gallery, Troutdale (both Coop Galleries). Before that Scheller was a member of two Coop Galleries, now both closed, where she curated shows and was in charge of the art rotations every other month.
The first impression of my print shows a combination of well-known components, mixed with a touch of fantasy and oddness. Looking twice make reveal new objects or patterns. Then the viewer might recognize obvious or hidden changes appearing in my prints.
Mostly I do hand-pulled prints in black and white, but some include watercolor or chine collé paper. I create landscapes and nature-inspired images with a twist. The original prints include sometimes a natural botanical, collected, and pressed, or have a fantasy element, and even can be turned upside down to see a different point of view.
I do etching and drypoint on copper, zinc, and plexiglass, but also work with lithography stones as an easy and fast way to change surface. Combining these printmaking techniques makes printing even more valuable for me. Sometimes I take an idea further by developing it in multiple ways, adding chine collé or using, in addition, watercolor and colored pencil.
Born in Germany I live now over two decades in Oregon, and traveling in the US, Europe, and beyond shaped my artwork. From those experiences, nature and architecture became the main influences of each piece, with a combination of lines, shapes, and patterns, real or abstract mixed with fantasy.