Time for another short bio on a fabulous artist showing in our "Prints Are People Too!" show that is opening THIS SATURDAY!! I actually just finished hanging the show yesterday, and it looks pretty fine if I do say so myself!
A little about Betsy, from her site:
Betsy Walton is a native Kansan who now calls Portland, Oregon home. She left a full time job in October, 2006 to become a painter and illustrator (we love that!). Since then, she has been painting day and night, answering emails, shipping packages, and meeting fascinating new people at every turn. She is truly grateful for the support and encouragement she has received along the way. Sounds like a girl I can relate to (especially the answering e-mails and packaging part, it never seems to end!)
Many of her paintings and drawings explore the tension and balance between the mysterious nature of our existence and the objects and environments we find in everyday life. We can experience the sublime in the same room where we fold the laundry, and perhaps at the same time. Her style is informed by a range of influences including Byzantine icon paintings, American folk art, geometric abstraction, and the work of many contemporary illustrators and painters.
She works with a spontaneous approach and few expectations of specific results. She rarely sketches preliminary drawings before diving into a painting, in the belief that the image formed through the painting process itself will be rich, revealing, and vital.
As most of my Etsy favorites, I found Betsys work just through random online browsing, most likely spying on someones "favorites" section! We have three gorgeous prints by Betsy in this show, which look even more wonderful in real life!