About BETTY

 

While completing my Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta, I majored in fine arts and loved the time spent in the studio. After many years of focusing on my career, I returned to my art. I am influenced by the Group of Seven, particularly the spirituality of Harris’s mountains, the complexity of MacDonald’s and the dynamic colours of Varley’s. Tom Thomson, Emily Carr and Walter Phillips are other strong Canadian influences. I have always loved the Impressionists, particularly Monet and Cezanne, and the remarkable ways light permeates their work. I am awed by the beauty of nature, and have been absorbed by the challenges of capturing that beauty in watercolour, acrylic or mixed media. 

Having time to study artists and their work is a luxury. Within that study, I am finding clarity in my own work and learning to play with the paint. Experimenting with line, stroke and colour enriches both my work and my process. My focus continues to be on nature, often from a very close perspective, and the amazing atmospheric conditions we enjoy in Alberta. I am committed to learning to capture the magic of what I see and how I see it, and enjoying sharing my view of the world with others.
 

 
 

Awards and Grants

2017 Feature Artist: Empty Easel

2014 Best in Show, EAC Annual Juried Show 2014
Juried Residency, MISSA 2011
First Place, Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove 2011
Juried scholarship, Banff Centre

 
 

Recent Shows

2017

EPSB Show
Griesbach Art Walk
EAC Juried show; Jake’s Gallery

2016

Home Show
Alberta Society of Artists #BestYEGArtists
EPSB Show
ACACA Central Zone Show
Griesbach Art Walk
Second Wind Conference

2015

Home Show
EAC Spring exhibition and sale; Japanese Cultural Centre
EAC Juried show; Jake’s Gallery
Misericordia Hospital
Blue Chair Restaurant
Art From the Unknown
Griesbach Art Walk
Second Wind Conference