Beth Elise Baronian hails from the San Francisco bay area. Her humble beginnings originated as an applied artist in the field of costume design. Raised by an ebullient,witty Armenian father with a penchant for Gilbert and Sullivan and a beautiful Italian mother who had a passion for opera and ballet, her first artistic endeavors started with designing costumes for the theater as early as high school. At the tender age of fifteen she replicated a very famous gown worn by Queen Elizabeth I. She further developed her craft at San Francisco State under the tutelage of Bill Jones; a master scenic artist, puppeteer, and collaborator with Frank Oz of the Muppets, as well as primary make-up artist at the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. She also worked at the American Conservatory Theater and had many wonderful days taking in the creativity and magic of live performance art.
She then received a full scholarship at Carnegie-Mellon University to pursue a Master of Fine Art in the field of costume design. While in school she worked in film and television costuming and also support in make-up endeavors local to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania such as "Mister Roger’s Neighborhood." Baronian also designed costumes for dance and theater companies in the area, such as the Pittsburgh Dance Alloy.
After graduating and receiving the highest honor of her class, the Bess Kimberly Grant, from Carnegie-Mellon University, Baronian free-lanced in the entertainment industry costuming for a great variety of companies ranging from Ringling Brother’s Clown College, (yes; she had a boss named "Frosty,") to working on television and film projects in Hollywood, such as "Terminator II." During this period the desire to focus only on drawing and painting increased and ultimately lead to pursuit of studying traditional animation at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. There she met a lifetime friend and teacher who changed her life: James Wu. Although he had worked at DreamWorks as a traditional animator, he turned away from his job to pursue a career as a fine artist. Baronian found a love of foundation drawing and painting while working on her reel. She completed her reel, “Nirvana? Nirvana!” and won first place that year at the Academy, for the category "Full Color Short Film," in the animation department. However the passion for fine art had taken hold.
Professor Beth Baronian is now teaching full time for the Savannah College of Art and Design and pursuing fine art endeavors blissfully. Her favorite artists are Michelangelo, Degas, Sargent, Da Vinci, Erte, Antonio, Bakst, Velasquez, Dulac, Caravaggio, Renoir, La Trec, Rembrandt, Kandinsky, Basquiat, Mutu, Bacon, Dali, and DuChamp.