Betsy - 'The Couple', oil on canvas.
40" x 40" \ 102cm - 102cm
Some of Betsy's paintings were printed on apparel at Marni 2019 Milan Fashion Show.
The New York Times:
"In Betsy’s Sensual Portraits, is an Undercurrent of Love.
In all the works, the soul of the narrative rests in the models’ eyes — often closed — and in their lips, painted in embellishment of feminine beauty and emblematic of profound, not carnal, desire."
The painting comes with a certificate of authenticity and a letter of appraisal.
More About Betsy:
What type of painter am I?
I am a figurative painter who paints according to certain traditions – the creation of space (vs. mimicking of space) on a flat picture plane, the use of color and space to create light (vs. mimicking of light), using the principals of abstraction to paint solid forms, compose an entire image (the whole painting), incorporate lines and curves and color and my own light coming from within the painting.
What type of painter am I (put another way)?
I am an American painter who considers the Italian Venetians and the american abstract expressionist painters my mentors – they are the painters whose paintings I most love, and wanted to learn from.
I of course consider Leonardo Di Vinci and Michelangelo indespensible to my attempts to create form regarding the human body.
The two painters I align myself with the most are:
Both use the picture plane and abstraction and space, light, movement and form to communicate a physicality built entirely on the principals of painting, in the “classical” sense of a flat plane and lines, color, shape, space and light applied to that flat surface to create magic – light, space, form, emotion, force, movement, the physical and the spiritual.
What is my style?
A figurative version of abstract expressionism.
Many abstract expressionists from the NY school in the 1950s (I studied with these painters and survived them, such as Nicholas Carone, Mercedes Matter, and others). I spent many years painting in Italy. I went back and forth between the figure and “pure” abstraction, the landscape and “pure” abstraction. Nicholas Carone did so, in a way that incorporated the essence in a contemporary way of the great Italian masters. Dekooning did this with his landscapes and his women. Pollock did this with his heads, animals and his more “pure” symphonic landscape abstractions. Pollock grew up in Wyoming – the America of large open spaces. I lived in Wyoming for 9 months and witnessed how the wide open spaces is an aspect of the abstract expressionists.
Other artists who are/were biggest influences:
Bonnard, Matisse, Cezanne, Rouault and Monet. 6-8 months for 8 years I lived and painted in Paris. I spent time in Munich, Germany and have always aligned myself with certain German painters from the early 1900s, pre WWI, the Blue Ryder group, including Kandinsky and Marc.
1982 THOMAS J WATSON SCHOLAR; MORRIS OTTMAN SCHOLAR; NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLAR
1984 DEPARTMENT OF VISUAL STUDIES, HARVARD – GRANT
1988 CHAUTAUQUA SCHOOL OF ART SCHOLARSHIP; AND THE NEW YORK STUDIO SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP 1989 SELIGMAN/VON SIMSON SCHOLARSHIP
1990-1995 CHARLES H. REVSON SCHOLARSHIP AND STIPEND; THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF ART FULL FELLOWSHIP AND RESIDENCY, MYRA C. BEROL MEMORIAL AWARD; CUMMINGTON CUMMUNITY OF ARTS FELLOWSHIP AND RESIDENCY; CHEEKWOOD MUSEUM PAINTING CONTEST FINALIST, THE LANDMARK AIR SYSTEMS AWARD – GEORGE G. KING
THE NEW YORK TIMES, (FEATURE), 12/2016, AND PREVIOUSLY, (SHORT FEATURE) 9/94, W MAGAZINE 9/2003, MARTHA STEWART LIVING 9/05, WAG MAGAZINE (FEMALE POWER) 2/2014, THE NANTUCKET BEACON, MAP AND LEGEND AND INQUIRER AND MIRROR, 9/95-2010,THE REPORTER DISPATCH 9/94-96, THE LEWISBORO LEDGER 9/94, 4/93, THE PATENT TRADER 9/94,4/93, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL MAGAZINE 6/04, BEDFORD MAGAZINE 7/07, 8/07, THE RECORD REVIEW 9/7/07, 12/2014,12/2016