Winter Sky Panes – Bethany Sanders






Winter Sky Panes



Digital Painting



Where I live the cloud cover is so uniform in winter that the sky looks like it is standing still — like it has stopped breathing — as it waits for the rare days when the sun breaks in. When I look upwards at the sky framed through a tree, the twigs look like spiderwebs, as if the tree has spun delicate lines in the sky hoping to catch the light. This is a painting of the different colors of the winter sky that I saw through the tree; both the grey skies and the inbreaks of light.



Bethany Sanders has been drawing ever since she could hold a pencil, but storytelling has always been her deepest longing. After reading Maus by Art Spiegelman and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Bethany realized that comics were a medium that combined her love of drawing and writing. She received her BFA in Painting from Herron School of Art and Design in 2013 and has created paintings and comics ever since.



  • Karen entered the PhD program in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts after careers in corporate management and consulting, followed by service in pastoral, social and theatre ministry. Under the supervision of Trevor Hart, she is exploring theological and theatrical contexts of ’empty space’ and general human disposition toward it, with emphasis on improvisation and Holy Saturday. Since 2017, Karen has led or advised ITIA’s Transept group, a postgraduate student-led group of multidisciplinary practicing artists. As Editor of Transpositions, she is fostering a closer partnership between Transpositions and Transept.