Title: Winter Rains
Artist: Betsy Hough
Medium: Acrylic & Mixed Media
Size: 24″ x 30″
ABOUT THE WORK
ABOUT THE ARTIST
At the age of 8, I saw a mesmerizing canvas in the Chicago Museum of Art. It was enormous and basically all black with one thin orange stripe down the side. That image stayed with me and became a guiding light for my journey as an artist.
In school, I was asked to draw or paint realistically. Instead, I was busy doodling in the margins of my notebooks shapes and lines.
When I went to college, its’ superior art department intimidated me. It was not until after marriage and the birth of my daughter, that I started my real journey to become an artist. I began with classes in oil painting and later experimenting with drawings of large abstract pieces on paper.
Next, a move to the Monterey Peninsula and there 5 years of study in drawing & painting under the tutelage of George de Groat (retired from the Otis Art Institute in L.A.) and through George I was able to build my own artistic foundation. I developed my philosophy of painting being a “silent language” and wanting to communicate with the viewer through color, shapes, and texture. I honed the approach of “what?”; applying my curiosity to various media with expectation of my ever evolving actions leading to a finished piece.
Next I switched from oils to acrylics with the attendant joy of mixed media and the abundant choice of textures.
Currently I am having the fun of monoprints and adding another level of “what if?, as the press has the last word.
“We can do anything we want if we stick to it long enough.” Helen Keller
“What would life be like if we had no courage to attempt anything.” Vincent van Gogh
Read more and see the work of artist Betsy Hough. betsybhough.com