Featured Artist: Beth Lerman

My favorite artists are: Rene Magritte, Caravaggio, Madeline von Foerster, Brandon Bird, Hans Holbein the Younger, Waterhouse, Yves Kleinbethlerman

My work is a combination of : Surrealisam, New Brow, Renaissance and Pop

I live in Queens because: The food is amazing, it’s close to everything, it’s considerably more affordable than Manhattan or BK and it’s extremely diverse.

To instagram or not to instagram: I don’t, but not for any particular reason. I mostly just post to my website and Facebook.

Being an artist means I pay my bills by: going to school for psychology. I’m in my second year of a Mental Health Counseling master’s program at Fordham.

Queens could have a better artist community if it: had more low-cost studio spaces and more art events like open studio days.

My go to website for ideas: I don’t really have one. I get inspiration from all sorts of places. If I really need some inspiration, though, I’ll go to the Met, the Frick Collection, or Opera Gallery in Soho.

In 5 years, Queens will mean this to artists: honestly, I see Queens as NYC’s next big artist community. Historically artists have gone where it’s affordable to live. Once upon a time that was the Village; more recently it was Williamsburg. I think there’s a good chance that some neighborhoods of Queens will be next.

Always: Dignity.

Never: Sell out.

My next project is: I’m currently in the middle of painting a tarot deck, “The Zeitgeist Tarot.” I’ve completed 10 cards (paintings) so far, but still have a long ways to go. (There are 78 cards in a deck!)

My website: www.bethlerman.com

Twitter: @boethe

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