Esther BeLer Wodrich firmly believes that surrounding herself with beauty brings sanity amidst the chaos of raising four kids alongside her husband. Immersing herself in drawing and painting, she balances her creativity with her relentless pursuit of excellence. Esther spends a ridiculous amount of time holding her breath while working on intricate details but so far has yet to pass out. She has currently been focusing on a detailed architecture series in watercolor, pen and ink of places she has traveled as well as a desert botanical series from her beautiful home state of Arizona.

Esther attributes her experience in graphic design to her love of order and white space. She relies on instinct to determine composition, including what to keep, what to leave out and what to change. She is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she enjoyed a fantastic education in both visual communications and fine art, but is self taught in watercolor. A brief but admittedly scary bout with cancer following the birth of her fourth child has played a pivotal role in renewing her love of art. Esther is influenced by aesthetically beautiful art that captures emotion and atmosphere, and is inspired by many artists including Andrew Wyeth, Archibald Motley and Edward Hopper.  She has shown for 3 years at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids as well as a number of local and juried exhibits including with the Herberger Theatre, Art Link’s Annual Juried Exhibit at the Heard and as a featured artist with Call to Art.

Esther prefers to start an artwork with a clean desk, the blinds open, an audiobook playing and a hot cup of coffee. However, especially during her kid’s summer break, she will take whatever she can get.


Juried Exhibitions

2017 – Sonoran Small Works Show
2017 – West Valley Arts Council 4th Annual Surprise Invitational; 1st place for St Paul’s Cathedral
2017 – Herberger Theater 2nd Annual “Nature Nurtures Us” Group Exhibit
2017 – American Women Artists Spring 2017 Online Juried Show
2017 – West Valley Arts Council’s 6th Annual Floral and Botanical Exhibit
2017 – Avondale Civic Center Call to Art Show
2017 – Herberger Theater Center “Tiny Art” Show
2017 – Glendale Arts Council Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition
2016 – 3rd Annual Surprise Invitational at the ArtsHQ – West Valley Arts Council
2016 – Call to Art “The Art of Gratitude” – Featured Artist
2016 – Herberger Theater “Face Off”
2016 – Artlink’s 18th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Heard Museum
2016 – American Women Artists Spring Online Juried Exhibition
2016 – Call to Art “Alive”
2016 – Arizona Artist Guild  Sixth Annual Statewide Open Art Exhibition
2016 – Glendale Arts Council 53rd Annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition
2015       ArtPrize – West Coast Coffee,  Grand Rapids, Michigan
2015       Colours of the World – Goodyear Public Library, Goodyear, Arizona
2014       ArtPrize – West Coast Coffee, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2014       Blank Canvas – The Arts HQ, Surprise, Arizona
2014       Avondale City Hall Exhibit – Avondale City Hall, Avondale, Arizona
2013       ArtPrize  – West Coast Coffee, Grand Rapids, Michigan
2013       The Art of it All  – Gallery Glendale, Glendale, Arizona
2013       Art Encounters  – Surprise City Hall, Surprise, Arizona
2010       RO120 Art Show – Arizona Christian Worldview Institute, Phoenix, Arizona
2002       Neolaia  – Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois
2002       SAIC Undergrad Show – School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Press

2016       Article at AZCentral.com regarding October 2016 featured artist with Call to Art show at http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/southwest-valley/2016/09/01/esther-beler-wodrichs-detailed-art-celebrates-faith/89730122/
2015       Guest Artist on Doodlewash at https://doodlewash.com/2015/08/24/guest-doodlewash-meticulous-architecture/
2015       Interview with Ria Sharon at http://riasharon.com/an-artists-sketch-esther-beler-wodrich/
2013       Radio interview with Sabrina & Ace JQ 99.3 Morning Show – Grand Rapids, Michigan