Bepe Kafka

Bepe (Elizabeth) was born in Newport News, Virginia, and fell in love with oil paint at the age of twelve. She received her BFA from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and her MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, studying with Neil Welliver, Janet Fish, Rackstraw Downes, Yvonne Jacquette, and other contemporary realist painters. 

When fate took her to Utah for fifteen years she connected deeply with that magnificent landscape, and her landscape paintings were shown by A Gallery in Salt Lake City. In 2014 she decided to move east to help her sister take care of their aging father. She founded and ran Art on 16 Contemporary Gallery in Marion, VA, creating a vibrant art community and connecting artists from all over with Marion’s small town culture. 

Now she is bent on exploring the wild, green mountains of Southwest Virginia from her home outside of Independence: seven acres of woods, mossy rocks, a creek, and several streams, where she lives with her husband, two dogs, and a cat. Perhaps the love of those mountains is simply in her blood, inherited with her father’s Appalachian roots. It is her hope that she can help people to understand at a gut level that our wild lands are a magic, priceless, and irreplaceable heritage.