Artist Statement: Botanical Abstracts
The later works of Odilon Redon have been a strong influence on me especially his use of pentimenti (“the presence or emergence of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over”) and has led me to consider using my interest in gardening and botany as a motif for a continuing series of small botanical abstracts. Each was started as a mono print using oil pigments on various supports. To each I added oil-based mediums to make more and more complex webs of layers.
Artist Statement for Humpty Dumpty, a Triptych:
A snowflake almost melted
passing by thin walls of hubris
ordering the way down
past chunks of rotting mortar.
Fractals humming, singing
“quick, pull out the trowel
point face your pentimenti
push, pull, prepare
a soft landing.”
It is Humpty who will not be put together again.
Betsy is a long-time resident of Hanover, NH. She received her Studio Art Degree from Skidmore College and has exhibited in New England and in France.
Inspiration comes from places she has visited, and has photographed, sketched, or painted in pastel, oil, or water-based media. She uses these representational works as the foundation for later imaginary landscape and abstract paintings.