Donald B. Beere  |  Retired

    e-mail:  donbeere@charter.net
                         



          Artist/Abstract Photography
Don's childhood exposure to art began to show itself in his photography about 40 years ago. His mother was an excellent artist -- who sculpted, threw pots, and worked with oils, acrylics and watercolors. She and six other artists ran a gallery. When he was a teenager in the early 1960s, she started the San Dieguito Art Guild in San Diego County. During those teenage years, Don accompanied her to art shows and art museums where she critiqued what they were viewing. At that time, Don had no interest in art but obvioiusly absorbed her lessons. She would often talk to him about what she was working on.  His youngest sister has been a professional artist: an outstanding professional glazed-tile artisan throughout her life.  Her work can be found at susanbeere.com.  

When he was in his 20s, Don unsuccessfully tried his hand at drawing and concluded he could never be an artist. That changed in his 40s, when he discovered his love of photograhy, and, in particular, his eye for composition. Photography became a medium through which he could express his artistic bent. He focused on nature photography for 15 years. A few of these can been seen in his facebook page.That work has been juried into shows. Over the next 15 years, his "eye" changed. Today he does what he calls "Abstract Photography." He  photographs shapes, patterns and juxtapositions.  A few of these can also be seen in his facebook page.

Don was invited to have a solo exhibition at the Ethical Society of St. Louis in April, 2019. The thirty-two photographs displayed fell into four groups: nature, abstract, "Refections," and other. Of note are the photographs titled "Reflections." Don and his wife Carole were moving from Minneapolis in 2001. On an early, sunny morning in late July, she suggested he photograph the downtown area where they had lived for two years. Most of his photographs are reflections in the windows of the downtown skyscrapers. This series of more than 40 photographs marked a significant transition in his approach. "These photographs taught me the principles of abstract photography," he says.
Updated February 2020