Beth Hall is an artist, herbalist, and educator who lives with her family in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Hall is an adjunct professor in George Mason University’s School of Art, and the proprietor of SubHerban Roots LLC.
Hall’s work has embraced a diversity of approaches and genre over the years, yet a consistent thread in much of Hall’s artwork is the exploration of the duality of injury and healing. Specifically, Hall’s work often explores the interdependence of identity and body formation (and reformation) through a loosely autobiographical lens where the personal is also social and political. Hall holds a Bachelor of Arts from Meredith Collage and a Masters of Fine Arts (Painting) from East Carolina University, with additional studies including printmaking in Italy with Swietlan Kraczyna, and classical oil painting with muralist Ben Long in Paris. Further studies include graduate work in Poland, Estonia and Russia, as well as Belize and Guatemala. Hall has exhibited her work internationally in public exhibitions and has worked as a commissioned portrait artist for over 25 years with clients throughout The United States.
Hall’s interest in the art of herbalism began during her graduate studies in Belize and Guatemala in the late 90s where she learned first hand the importance of plant medicines and the urgency of protecting both the plants and the cultures that pass on the knowledge of them. In the old market of Belize City, Hall sought out the guidance of Barbara Fernandez, who the locals simply called “medicine woman”. Fernandez stressed the relevance of using all of ones senses to know and to understand plant medicines. This insight and appeal to the senses became an inspiration for Hall to approach and study herbalism as an artform and as a welcomed opportunity to accompany the psychological healing power of visual art with an artform for healing the body. Hall’s formal herbalism studies include Foundations of Medicinal Herbalism and Herbal Apothecary with Teresa Boardwine, RH(AHG), and The Forgotten Energetics of Traditional Western Herbalism, the Six Tissue States and Diagnostic Skills with Matthew Wood, RH(AHG).